Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills) is responsible for the regular inspection and regulation of services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
Currently schools are informed that they will be inspected at lunchtime the day before the inspection begins.
The inspection of a school provides an independent external evaluation of its effectiveness and a diagnosis of what it should do to improve. Judgements are based on a range of evidence available to inspectors that is evaluated against a national framework.
Inspectors must cover, in particular:
* the achievement of pupils at the school
* the quality of teaching in the school
* the behaviour and safety of pupils at the school
* the quality of leadership in, and management of, the school.
When reporting, they must also consider:
* the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils at the school
* the extent to which the education provided by the school meets the needs of the range of pupils at the school, and in particular the needs of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs.
Schools are graded as: outstanding, good, requires improvement, with serious weaknesses or requiring special measures.
At our last inspection in September 2017, we were graded a good school.
At Great Sampford we take a justifiable pride in the standards of learning the children achieve in all areas of the curriculum. However, some of these subjects are more easily quantified than others. Specifically the Government collects data on the achievements of the children and the end of their Early Years Foundation Stage, again at the end of Key Stage 1 and finally at the end of Key Stage 2. I can confidently report that at all three of these points the children at Great Sampford have always performed at a level that is often considered to be well above the National Average.
KS2 Results 2016/17:
Percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics - 58%
Reading – Children reaching Expected Level – 100%
Reading – Children reaching Higher Level – 29%
Writing – Children reaching Expected Level – 93%
Writing – Children reaching Higher Level – 14%
Maths – Children reaching Expected Level – 64%
Maths – Children reaching Higher Level – 14%
SATs Results 2017/18
Please see attachment above
It is important to note that we are a very small school and this has a significant impact on our data sets. For example, in an average year group of 15 children each child will represent 7%.
We also believe that whilst academic success is important in only paints part of the picture. We take a holistic view of learning and also place great emphasis on what is known as the hidden curriculum. These are areas of learning that can not, so easily, be measured but do have a profound impact on a child's life chances. At Great Sampford we actively promote independence, courteousness, respect for both oneself (as well as those around us) and collegiality. Traits that the children are always complimented upon when we take them out into the wider community.