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Response to Ofsted, 28-29 April 2015

10 June 2015

Dear Parents/Carers

In my previous letter, I expressed my disappointment in the overall judgement made by the Ofsted inspector. I am now writing to you to discuss what has happened in response to this report. I believe that this would demonstrate that we are ‘good’ with many ‘outstanding’ features.

The changes we have made since the report was published are as follows:

• The prospective appointment of a qualified English teacher to lead and development the English curriculum and progress to ensure that all pupils are accessing the correct level of study and making the nationally expected progress from their starting point.

• The appointment of a trainee maths teacher to teach maths to all pupils who access this part of the curriculum at the Courtyard.

• Both members of staff will continue the already successful tutoring programme, supporting the progress of those that access core subjects in the mainstream school.

• Further development of our bespoke ‘Teaching and learning’ professional development programme. All teaching staff have access to this programme.

•  information sharing to ensure that the school as all of the relevant prior attainment data, in particular any achievement at the end of primary school (KS2). This is already used to inform progress targets and the Governing body are researching the best possible approach to assessing the progress of those that arrive at the school without any prior attainment data. More information on this will available in the new academic year.

• Governors have been informed of the use of pupil premium money through the required reports over the last year but the inspector stated that we now need to make that checking the progress of this group of pupils is now an agenda item at all future meetings.

I believe that we have always been able to demonstrate a ‘love of learning’ as our attendance is 97% overall, above the nationally expected target. This shows that pupils are self-motivated to learn. Over the coming year we have planned, as a priority, to increase the level of independent learning across all curriculum areas.

The Governors and I, supported by the Trust, will continue to take on board the advice given by the inspector to enable us to demonstrate, at the next opportunity, that we are an ‘Outstanding’ school in every way.

Yours sincerely

Emma Robinson
Headteacher, The Courtyard