Governor's annual report
Achievements and Performance
The Academy was delighted to be awarded “Outstanding” following an Ofsted inspection in May 2014 and is striving to continuously improve and so retain outstanding status.
In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and again in 2015, 100% of children achieved the nationally expected level in reading, writing and mathematics. A significant number of Y6 children in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 made more than expected progress from Key Stage 1. Under the new curriculum and testing arrangements the children at KS2 did very well in 2017, with reading at 94%, writing 94%, SPAG at 100% and maths at 94% all for the ‘expected level’.
At Key Stage 1, in 2017, a significant percentage of children had special needs. The percentages of children achieving the nationally expected level at age 7 was 80% in reading, 75% in writing, 75% in maths.
Our Year 1 phonics data increased from 57 in 2016 to 86% in 2017. A fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work of the staff.
Monitoring of data, assessment, pupil’s work and teaching shows that many pupils are making above expected progress. This is leading to standards of achievement, which are above the national averages expected for each age group in both Key Stage 1 and 2.
Throughout the year children and parents enjoyed a wide range of events hosted by the school including Friday family assemblies (introduced September 2015), Parent Consultations, Harvest Celebrations, Christmas Fayre, a Nativity Play, Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day lunches, Theatre visit, Christmas crafts afternoon, workshops, exhibitions of homework projects, Summer Gala and Sports Day and finally the school production of Maui.
The challenges of a new curriculum and the removal of ‘levelling’ as a form of assessment are well established by the school staff who are committed to providing an outstanding education for all pupils. The staff use assessment grids for reading, writing and maths and utilise the ‘PUMA’ and ‘PIRA’ series of tests to inform teaching and learning.
The Trustees and staff remain committed to providing an exciting and relevant education to inspire and challenge our children so they can all “Be the best that they can be!”