We welcomed Ofsted into school in November 2012. They found Alderbury and West Grimstead School to be a 'good' school, with each area being judged to be 'good'. This outcome demonstrates a marked and significant improvement in only 16 months since the last inspection in July 2011. Everyone at school has worked incredibly hard and the report reflects the efforts and achievement of many. Mrs Small was herself recognised for her 'inspirational leadership' in creating 'a highly positive culture within the School'. Work now continues to develop and further improve the school. Some of the key highlights from the report are detailed below although we would be delighted if you wished to read the full report which can be found here. For further information visit the Ofsted website here.
Pupils leave school at the end of Year 6 with skills in reading, writing and mathematics that are consistently above the national average.
Pupils enter the school in Reception with skills expected for their age, and make good or better progress in all areas throughout their time in the school.
Teaching is consistently good and engages pupils in interesting activities that encourage them to think deeply about what they are learning
Pupils are provided with timely and relevant feedback from teachers about how well they are doing in their learning; they also know exactly what they need to do to improve.
Pupils feel safe and behave well in lessons and around the school. They show respect to each other and listen carefully to each other's contributions in lessons.
The inspirational leadership of the headteacher, supported by leaders throughout the school, has led to consistently good pupil achievement and improvements in teaching.
The governing body is highly effective in systematically challenging school leaders about how well pupils are achieving across the school in a range of subjects. The governing body uses its excellent knowledge and skills to support school leaders in ensuring that the quality of teaching is good and continually improving.
Pupils are well behaved, polite, well mannered and courteous. They treat each other and adults with respect and their behaviour around the school is sensitive to the needs of others. They are keen to learn and are responsive to teachers' question in lessons. They listen attentively to each other's opinions and contributions in class, and they work well independently and collaboratively.