OFSTED is part of the government and is responsible for monitoring the quality of education and child care in England and Wales, and is actually called the Office for Standards in Education. (Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own systems)
For schools, OFSTED inspectors visit every 5 or 6 years, depending on their judgement of the school’s quality in the previous inspection, but unhelpfully the criteria they use and the frequency of visits does change. The most recent changes came into effect in September 2009.
The inspection is based on assessment results from Year 2 and 6 over the past 3 years and the findings of a 1 day visit by inspectors. The judgements made by both school and the inspectors are Outstanding (1), Good (2), Requires Improvement (3) and Inadequate (4).
Our last inspection was in October 2017, when the school was judged to be Good overall.
Some comments from the report:
“The governing body knows the school and local community very well. Governors evaluate the impact of leaders’ actions and provide challenge that helps ensure the school keeps on track.”
“Parents are confident that their children are happy, safe and well taught.”
“Staff and governors take safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. There is a culture of safeguarding at the school. Pupils feel safe and know how to stay safe.”
“Children in Ribbon Early Years get off to a flying start at school.”
“Expectations for pupils have a special educational need and/or disabilities are high.”
“Links to our most recent OFSTED report, and previous reports, can be found by clicking the links below. Further information can be sourced from the OFSTED website.”
How well inspectors think the school is doing and what it could do to make things even be
How well pupils are doing, both in their education and their overall well-being and personal development.
What parents and carers think about the school.
How up to date the school buildings are, including any boarding school living accommodation.
How any problems or complaints are dealt with.
How the school complies with rules and regulations.
Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school.
Please click the ‘Parent View’ link below to access the website and leave your comments.
‘There is clear evidence that you and your staff’s ongoing work to improve the depth of pupils’ mathematical understanding across the school is working.’
‘All support and communication is brilliant’
‘Children settle well when they enter Ribbon Early Years, communication between home and school is good.’
‘School are there when needed whether it’s for support or a chat. They are constantly checking how kids are getting on.’
‘Ribbon are doing a fantastic job.’
‘The learning environment, both inside and out, is stimulating and attractive. Staff are skilled in ensuring that children develop their independence as learners who enjoy exploring the world.’
‘The teaching of phonics is a strength.’
‘We are so grateful to all the effort the teachers are putting in.’
‘The governing body knows the school and the local community very well.’
‘Staff and the governing body take safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. There is a culture of safeguarding at the school.’
‘Communication systems between classroom and
additional support staff are good and mean that these pupils have access to the
full range of the curriculum suited to their needs.’
‘Pupils are taking more responsibility for their own learning as they move through Key Stage 1.’
‘School have done a fantastic job in all areas.’
‘Ribbon monitor the progress and well-being of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities carefully. Expectations for these pupils are high. As a result, they make generally good progress from their starting points.’
‘Early Years leaders and staff are expert in using their knowledge of what children can and cannot yet do to sharpen their planning and focus their teaching.’
‘School and staff should be commended for their quick shift and quality of what’s being communicated with the children.’
‘Children get off to a flying start at school. They are happy and safe and increasingly independent, and
yet aware of others.’
‘Disadvantaged and most-able children are making particularly good
‘My son loves the interaction with his teachers. Thank you all so very much for your hard work and dedication.’
confident that their children are happy, safe and well taught.’
‘The quality of teaching across all subjects continues to improve.’