OFSTED REPORT

Ofsted Inspection – 6th March 2018 

Manor CofE Infant School Inspection Letter 10040849 PDF Final 

OFSTED letter

We are really pleased to be able to share with you the letter from our Ofsted inspector following our inspection on the 6th March 2018. Our last inspection was in October 2013 when Ofsted evaluated Manor to be a ‘good’ school.

A new Ofsted handbook was published in December 2017 which included changes to the outcomes of a short inspection of a ‘good’ school. The expectations for a good school are now significantly higher than in the past.

The possible outcomes from a short inspection of a good school are now the following four options:

Outcome 1: The school continues to be a good school or

Outcome 2: The school remains good and there is sufficient evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school may be judged outstanding if it received a section 5 inspection now or

Outcome 3: The lead inspector is not satisfied that the school would receive at least its current grade if a section 5 inspection were carried out nowor

Outcome 4: The lead inspector has gathered evidence that suggests the school may be inadequate in one or more of the graded judgements.

We are delighted that that we have achieved outcome 1 and feel that this acknowledges the hard work and dedication of the staffing team and Governors over the last 4 years.

The inspection letter has highlighted many strengths.  These include:

  • In recent years, pupils’ achievements have risen significantly.
  • The proportion of pupils who achieve a good level of development at the end of Reception year is high.
  • By the time pupils leave the school at the end of Year 2, the proportion of pupils who achieve the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics exceeds rates seen nationally.
  • The school continues to go from strength to strength.
  • At the heart of the school are a strong family atmosphere and clearly defined values.
  • Parents and carers value highly the nurturing school environment.
  • Those who responded to Ofsted’s online survey, were overwhelmingly supportive of the school and would recommend it to others. One comment, typical of many, stated: ‘My child has gained so much confidence since starting at Manor, seeing the progress he has made has been like magic before my eyes.’
  • Pupils say that Manor is ‘a kind and caring place’, where ‘everyone looks after each other’.
  • Pupils demonstrate very caring attitudes towards each other, and towards other members of society.

We are very clear about our priorities for improvement identified in the letter. The inspector was pleased with the effective action we had taken already to address challenging the more able children in order to accelerate their progress. He also acknowledged the work that we do to target low attendance as we are well aware of the impact that this has on pupil progress.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to respond on Parent View as 50 parents shared their views online. We really appreciate all of the very positive comments that you provided and that you took the time to support us.

M Hale                                   D Reeve

Headteacher                       Chair of Governors