More success at Moortown!

Wednesday 18 May 2011

The Quality Mark is a recognition that some schools choose to work towards to help them monitor what they do for their learners and to celebrate successes within school.  Because Ofsted chose not to inspect our school this year due to our continued good provision, we welcome feedback from other external bodies.  This year, therefore, we decided to be re-assessed for the Quality Mark.

The re-assessment visit happened on Monday 16 May 2011.  I’m delighted to say we’ve yet again been recognised for the great teaching and learning at Moortown. Here are some extracts of the visiting assessor’s report:

“The assessor felt that this was one of the most impressive visits he has ever made in nine years of visiting Quality Mark schools. David, the head, has lots of plans – he needs no points of action or areas to develop suggested from us. It was a privilege to visit.”

“Since the monitoring visit, the school has accomplished an impressive amount of progress.”

The school has radically reshaped the intervention programme it operates with pupils… It has put into action what many other schools are now realising – that the huge weight of strategies that have been recommended to schools over the past ten years are of limited effectiveness unless they are tailored to exactly what the pupil needs at the time that s/he needs it.”

Classrooms all show consistency of approach in teaching – learning objectives visible, use of speaking and listening partners, learning walls for each class…  Consistency in marking of writing is assured through a detailed and very clear marking policy.  The Year 6 pupils who showed the assessor around school were at pains to draw his attention to these features and kept up a running commentary of how pupils learn (including telling the assessor that in the Reception class it’s ‘learning through play, you know!’).”

Moortown has successfully devised and implemented a curriculum and teaching methodology that involves pupils in their own learning, is rigorous and demanding whilst at the same time makes learning an enjoyable experience for pupils.”

Thanks to the dedication and support of staff, parents / carers and children, I know we do a fantastic job at Moortown.  It’s great to know that visitors to school are struck by this great work, too.

I’m grateful to the five parents who spoke with the Quality Mark assessor, and to the two Y6 pupils who provided a tour of the school.