Letter to parents (dated 20.03.17) from Chair of Governors:
As Chair of Governors I have great pleasure in writing to you regarding the Ofsted inspection on 17 & 18 January 2017. This ‘Good’ judgement is richly deserved by Mrs Longstaff and her excellent team and I am sure you will join me in congratulating all involved. Under Mrs Longstaff’s leadership the school has embraced changes to the Ofsted framework with enthusiasm; this is driven by the determination to provide the very best possible teaching and learning opportunities for all the pupils without ever losing sight of the caring and supportive ethos that makes our school’s learning environment so rich.
“The headteacher has completely transformed the culture of the school since the previous inspection. An unyielding drive to secure continued improvement has resulted in both improved pupils’ progress and teaching.”
In light of historic events and our previous ‘Requires Improvement’ judgment, this is a tremendous achievement and is one that the school community truly deserves. I am thrilled that the inspector obviously recognised the tireless hardwork, commitment, dedication and diligent professionalism of our teachers and staff that occur every day across our school. It is most gratifying to read that ‘Pupil progress is good’ and that ‘Pupils are increasingly acquiring knowledge in reading and mathematics at a greater depth.’ Additionally, they acknowledged that ‘Pupils behave well, respect each other and are happy at school. They are friendly and welcoming.’ Pupils are overwhelmingly positive about life in school, are well cared for and feel safe.
School leaders and governors accept Ofsted’s findings and would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and carers who completed the Ofsted parental survey online. Your comments were very helpful to the team. I feel it is worth clarifying that Britannia Primary School strives to be friendly, open and responsive in all matters and is eager to receive your comments, concerns and feedback throughout the year.
Our ‘Good’ judgement will not bring a hint of complacency and we continue to share a constant desire for improvement. We have a detailed development plan in place to map growth throughout the school and the work to improve the areas mentioned in the report as needing development were already underway before the inspection.
Please feel free to contact me or Mrs Longstaff if you wish to discuss any aspect of the report further.
Anna Preece, Chair of Governors