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I am delighted with the report published by Ofsted after our recent full Section 5 inspection. A copy can be found at the bottom of this page as well as on the Ofsted website. It is a very strong and ‘Good’ report in all areas, full of praise for the enormously wide range of work in which the school is engaged. It has been well earned and a just reflection of the enormous effort put in by all the staff, governors, volunteers and parents who have supported me in our journey towards building these much firmer foundations for the Priors School since our previous inspection.

 

I would encourage you all to read the report in full and share the findings with your children. It is difficult to highlight particular areas for praise as there are so many. However, I am very pleased by Ofsted’s recognition that:

“The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding” and that pupils “who have special educational needs make good and sometimes outstanding progress due to the high quality support and guidance they receive”.

 

While our achievement in mathematics is good, it is not yet as strong as in reading and writing. You may not be surprised to know that we had recognised this prior to the inspection and consequently this was already to be a focus in our new development plan towards becoming an outstanding school overall.

 

While I am delighted by the staff and pupil achievements I am not prepared to rest here. In addition to putting into place structures and procedures to ensure that we at least maintain this good position in all areas of judgement I have been discussing with staff a new cycle of development to carry us further forward.

 

Our completed development plan will be a detailed document and wide ranging but I have itemised below some the key areas which we will be addressing:

 

  • To improve pupils’ attainment and accelerate progress in mathematics
  • To further strengthen support for the school and staff by extending our collaborative partnerships to share the very best teaching practice and utilise expertise
  • To foster pupil links and partnerships with local primary and senior schools
  • To improve pupil behaviour from ‘Good’ to be ‘Outstanding’ at all times
  • To strengthen the cross- curricular and outdoor learning approach to the new curriculum and stretch further the most able pupils
  • To further strengthen local community engagement
  • To strengthen our new curriculum by considering the introduction of practical cookery and a second foreign language
  • To ensure that our IT facilities are upgraded and improved to accommodate fully the new ICT curriculum

 

It can be costly to provide all the facilities and resources that we would like in order to support the very best education for your children. Most parents that I speak with understand this fact. We are still a relatively small maintained school with limited funding from the Education Funding Agency (EFA). It is for this reason that I am grateful to PET and parents for their generosity in supporting the school and am delighted that the newly formed PTA clearly has the vigour to help us further in providing the additional resources.

 

I am sure that you will agree that the Priors School is now in a prime position to build further on its success. 

Below you will find our most recent Ofsted report, and relevant information from the Department for Education Performance Tables.

The Priors School takes parents' views regarding our performance seriously. We operate an 'open door' policy, inviting parents to discuss any matters of interest or concern directly with class teachers or the Head Teacher.

 

Occasionally, the school invites parents to complete a questionnaire regarding their views of the school. However, we draw your attention to the opportunity to express a view to Ofsted by accessing 'Parent View' on the link below.