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 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:
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.
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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.