Ofsted rated us ‘outstanding’ (2011) and our excellent Key Stage 2 SAT results are amongst the highest in the country.
The report is extremely positive about the school:
Based on Key Stage 2 SAT results, we already know that progress and attainment at Moortown Primary is extremely high. It’s good to have this confirmed by Ofsted: ‘All pupils attain highly by the time they leave the school, having achieved outstandingly well both academically and in their personal and social skills… Pupils are happy at school because they really enjoy learning and take great pride in their work.’
As well as achievement, the inspectors comment favourably about other outcomes: ‘A number of aspects of their personal development are outstanding, including the extent they feel safe, their behaviour, the contribution they make to the community and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.’ Unsurprisingly, the extent to which they adopt healthy lifestyles was also judged to be outstanding. In addition, thank you to all parents and carers who have avoided term-time holidays in recent years: attendance over the last three years is now judged to be good.
The quality of teaching is judged to be good overall with instances of outstanding teaching. As part of the inspection process, Mr Roundtree observed some lessons with an inspector to make sure his judgements were accurate; feedback to us (not in the final report) is that his judgements are very accurate and reflect high expectations of his staff. This is good for us long term because we know we can rely on the school’s own monitoring and evaluating process in the future, and on the high standards expected by the school’s leaders.
The curriculum is described as ‘exciting’ whilst retaining ‘excellent attention to the basic skills of literacy and numeracy’.
The report praises the governors’ good leadership which has led to ‘the development of an exceptionally strong staff team which is totally committed to ensuring the best for each and every pupil’. In particular, it refers to Mr Roundtree’s high expectations and his ‘visionary’ leadership, and cites this as one of the main reasons why our school has gone from ‘good’ (Ofsted, 2007) to ‘outstanding’ now.
Inspectors thought that the provision in the Reception class was an area to improve, with better use made of outside activities and greater challenge for more able children. Local authority experts have now judged teaching and learning in the class as outstanding (January 2014).
Parents’ and carers’ views
We’re happy to note that the inspectors were impressed by the school’s attempts to engage all parents and carers, from its ‘first class website and use of new technologies’ to its more traditional ‘family’ ethos. There’s a summary of parents’ and carers’ responses to the Ofsted questionnaire in the final report. In the meantime, it’s perhaps best summed up by the fact that 99% said that ‘overall, I am happy with my child’s experience at the school’. Visit Parent View if you’d like to post your views of Moortown Primary, and don’t forget the other ways you can express your views.
Find out more about the inspection process in Ofsted’s guide for parents.