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Ofsted Inspection

Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) is the government department that inspects and regulates care and educational services for children and young people.

Streatley CofE Primary School’s Ofsted inspection took place in November 2023. This is the second inspection Miss Roberts and her governors have experienced since she joined the school in September 2016. The school community are very pleased with what the report has captured and celebrated. As a small school of around 100 pupils with 4 classes, they are immensely proud of their achievements, particularly in reading, use of the outdoors and strong subject leadership.

The school excels in reading year on year. In 2023, they were in the top 2% when compared to all schools nationally for the expected standard in Reading, Writing & Maths at Yr2.  In Yr6 2023, the school was in the 23rd percentile when compared to all schools nationally for the expected standard in Reading, Writing & Maths in Yr6, 2023. A great accolade after the pandemic and achievement in the infants, back to pre-pandemic standards. 'The reading curriculum, with rich texts, develops high levels of comprehension and skills of evaluation across pupils. This is reflected in the school’s strong reading outcomes in 2023.’ Ofsted 2024.

The parents and staff were delighted that they captured the school’s ethos effectively in the report, ‘Pupils work together happily and support each other well. This includes playtime when older pupils willingly play games with younger children. Everyone is included and pupils value the close community, which they describe as ‘a family’. Pupils’ positive and resilient attitudes demonstrate the school’s effective work to develop ‘happy, healthy humans’.’ This is the result of high standards by leaders and leadership consistency.

Leadership was highly commended, ‘The school is diligently led with a continuous focus on improvement. Leaders have an accurate view of the schools’ strengths, and what needs to be embedded or improved further.’ And therefore, ‘The curriculum is broad and ambitious. It fully meets the national curriculum and carefully builds pupils’ knowledge from early years to Year 6. An effective cycle of curriculum reviews has further refined the order and time given to teach new knowledge. Teachers’ subject knowledge is strong. This is continuously developed, including for new staff. Consequently, teachers explain and model new knowledge across subjects well.’ This was the icing on the cake. We strive for the use of research to influence practice and all staff receive high quality CPD.

And finally, as a rural school, we were pleased they reported on our wider curriculum and how important this is to us. They wrote ‘Pupils’ wider development is a high priority. Rich and carefully planned opportunities achieve the school’s aim for pupils ‘seeing beyond Streatley’.’ Our community is very important to us and having a vibrant village school locally for families is crucial when services and funding are being reduced. Our focus remains child-centred and aspiring to create happy, healthy humans who are hopeful about conservation efforts locally and beyond Streatley.

Thank-you to all the staff, children and their families for continuing to support our efforts.