OFSTED May 2013.
We are a good School!
In May 2013 we were delighted that Parson Cross CE Primary School was judged as a good school by Ofsted following a full inspection. This was a very positive report which highlighted the many strengths of the school and the steps which have been taken to ensure all children achieve their potential.
The inspectors highlighted that:
“At the end of Year 2, standards in reading, writing and mathematics are at least average and a significant proportion of pupils is working at above average levels. By the time pupils leave the school at the end of Year 6, standards are above average in English and mathematics and an increasing number of pupils exceed these levels.”
“Throughout the school, reading is taught well. Many pupils exceed the levels expected for their age and a significant proportion is working at well-above expected levels.”
“Where teaching is outstanding, teachers’ expectations of pupils are very high and lessons are interesting and lively.Teachers engage pupils well through discussions that help pupils develop their thinking, and ask probing questions to check that pupils understand their learning.”
“Pupils are friendly, polite and kind; they willingly help each other in lessons and around school. They show high regard for all staff and these positive relationships give pupils the confidence to ask for help if they need it. Pupils report that the school is a safe and happy place to be in.”
“The school is ambitious for its pupils and provides a safe, happy environment where learning is interesting and fun.”
“The headteacher has high expectations of all staff and promotes strong teamwork. The school has improved teaching significantly since the previous inspection and, consequently, pupils’ achievement is rising. Current pupil progress data show that pupils are making good progress and a number are working at well-above the levels expected for their age.”
“The curriculum links subjects together well through topics that incorporate the interests of boys and girls effectively so that learning is generally lively and engaging.”
“The one-to-one and small-group support provided by teaching assistants is effective in helping pupils most at risk of falling behind to achieve well.”
The full inspection report can be viewed by clicking here.
Subject Inspection - History
In May 2012 Parson Cross CE Primary School had a very successful Ofsted History subject inspection. The Inspector highlighted that:
Achievement in history is good.
“By the end of Year 6, pupils make good progress in developing their knowledge and understanding of the topics they study. Whereas younger pupils talked enthusiastically and accurately about the life and work of Grace Darling, older pupils explained confidently and knowledgably about the impact of war on civilians during the Second World War.”
The quality of teaching in history is good.
“Lessons are carefully planned and displays celebrate pupils’ successes as well as the variety of activities adopted. The practice of beginning each unit with a dramatic hook, such as the Tudor banquet, motivates the pupils well and helps to spark their imagination as well as their interest.”