Parents and carers recently received a letter from Ofsted saying that our next inspection would not be until 2011-12. This is due to our sustained good performance.
We know Moortown Primary is a great school. This year, we have had the best ever Key Stage 2 SAT results (100% of children attained national expectations in Maths, and 97% in English). Our attendance rate has greatly improved – it’s now much closer to national standards. Our Local Authority School Improvement Partner (12.07.10) has praised leadership for the systems in place that link self-evaluation and school improvement, and rates our capacity for sustained improvement as outstanding.
We believe that this delay in inspection will allow us to carry on getting better and better at the things we know matter, including the things you raise in the Annual Survey. However, the delayed inspection means a more up-to-date recognition of our recent successes and outstanding achievements is also delayed.
Thank you to everyone involved in our school: parents, staff and most of all our pupils. Please carry on telling friends and neighbours about how great Moortown Primary is – a happy, healthy and successful place to learn.
The Ofsted letter (07.07.10) reads:
Moortown Primary School
I am pleased to provide some important information about Moortown Primary School.
As you may know, during its last inspection in April 2007, Ofsted inspectors judged your child’s school to be good. Schools which are performing well are now inspected less often than other schools. This usually means that good schools are inspected once in every five years, whilst satisfactory schools will be inspected at least once every three years.
Some good schools are inspected after three years; others may have their inspection put back. To help decide whether we can wait longer than three years before undertaking a full inspection of a good school, such as your child’s, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate look at various sources of information, as listed below. This is called an ‘interim assessment.’
The results of the interim assessment
In carrying out the interim assessment, we considered the following:
- pupils’ academic performance
- pupils’ attendance
- any visits carried out by Ofsted since the last inspection
- complaints about the school by parents or carers
- any other significant issues brought to Ofsted’s attention
I am pleased to inform you that our interim assessment shows that the school’s performance has been sustained and that we can defer its next full inspection.
As a result, the next full inspection will not take place any earlier than 1 September 2011 unless we receive information in the course of the coming year that causes us to inspect earlier.
I wish everyone involved in the school continued success in the coming year.