We are delighted to announce that our school achieved a “Good” judgement at the recent Ofsted inspection which took place on 20th & 21st November 2018

During the inspection, all aspects of the school were reviewed under the following areas:

Effectiveness of Leadership and Management

Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

Outcomes for Pupils

Early Years Provision

As part of the inspection process:

·         Inspectors observed learning in 66 lessons across both school sites. In several observations, senior leaders joined inspectors.

·         Inspectors met with the executive headteacher, senior leaders, governors and a local authority representative.

·         Inspectors met formally with groups of pupils from key stage 2.

·         Pupils’ views from surveys were considered. Inspectors also spoke to a wide range of pupils during social times and during lessons. Inspectors looked at samples of pupils’ work and observed pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around school.

·         Inspectors considered the views of staff from meetings with groups of staff and from the responses of the 95 staff to the confidential questionnaire.

·         Inspectors considered the views of 89 parents who responded to the confidential Ofsted parental questionnaire, including 76 free-text responses.

·         Documentation scrutinised by inspectors included the school’s plans for improvement, school self-evaluation, reports on attendance and behaviour, records relating to pupils’ safety, minutes of governors’ meetings and information on pupils’ outcomes.

Key areas that were highlighted within the report include:

·         The interim executive headteacher and senior leaders are resolute about improving pupils’ progress and providing a high-quality education.

·         Pupils feel safe. Staff are well trained. As a result, staff are vigilant in ensuring that all pupils are safe.

·         Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are well supported by skilled staff. Consequently, these pupils do well.

·         The curriculum is broad and balanced. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain because of the carefully planned spiritual, moral, social and cultural education embedded within the curriculum.

·         Leadership of early years is strong. Well-planned teaching means that children enjoy learning and develop well.

Our Chair of Governors, Jumoke Akinlabi, wrote

I am pleased to report to you the inspectors judged Claycots to be Good.  However, we are not complacent and we know that there is still work to be done. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Senior Executive Team (Ms Whitlock, Mr Graham, Mr Newton, Mrs Talbot and Mrs Saunders) for their leadership, which shone throughout. I would also like to thank all of the staff for their professionalism and continuous hard work. The pupils are a credit to the school as are you, the parents. Thank you.”