Chipping Sodbury School shows significant improvements, says Ofsted
GOVERNMENT inspectors have acknowledged significant improvements at Chipping Sodbury School.
Ofsted has been making monitoring visits to the school since it was found to require improvement at three consecutive inspections, most recently in 2018, when the education watchdog found areas of concern.
Due to Covid restrictions the monitoring process in March was carried out remotely, because school visits have been temporarily suspended. which meant that the range of evidence available to inspectors was narrower than normal.
In her report, inspector Tracey Reynolds said: "Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action to provide education in the current circumstances."
She said the school's leaders were "resolute in their determination to provide an education for pupils during the recent lockdown", had improved remote education in response to parent and pupil feedback and staff had supported pupils in maintaining daily routines and continuing learning. The inspector added: "Leaders carefully considered the needs of pupils and staff when planning the return of all pupils to school, resulting in a smooth transition to on-site learning."
During lockdown about 80% of pupils were educated at home when the school was
closed to most pupils in January. During this time, approximately 70% of vulnerable and key workers' children attended lessons on site.
The Ofsted report acknowledged that teachers used the remote learning experience to find out what pupils know and understand, and “have identified where there are gaps in pupils’ knowledge and are adapting the curriculum accordingly”.
Ofsted also said the school had identified pupils needing extra support with reading and numeracy and praised work to improve special educational needs and disabilities provision.
The remote inspection was carried out before the school joined the Athelstan Trust, a multi-academy trust including four other schools in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, in April.
Schools within the Athelstan Trust work in partnership to share curriculum expertise and teaching practice to over 4,000 students.
Chair of governors Robert Owen said he was especially pleased Ofsted recognised how well
governors and leaders had worked together to bring about school improvement and said joining the trust would bring further improvements.
He said: "I am delighted that we will now be working in collaboration with other like-minded schools, which I am sure will further support our drive for improved outcomes for all of our students.”