We are very proud of the children who have just left our school who worked so hard and attained some fantastic individual results in their end of key stage tests.
The results as a whole represented a significant improvement for the whole school and shows the progress the school has made.
In February 2016 the school was judged by Ofsted to require improvement. We were visited by Her Majesty’s Inspectors in July 2016 and judged to be taking effective action to make the required improvements.
Throughout this period of time we have worked closely with the Local Authority. They carried out a teaching and learning audit in March 2017 and found teaching and learning to be good.
As part of our long term plan for improvement we are seeking to join a new Multi Academy Trust – Diversa, working in partnership with Bignold Primary School in Norwich. We believe that this partnership will be a great opportunity to continue our journey of improvement.
While there is strong evidence that we are now a good school, the process of becoming an Academy may delay us being inspected again and receiving the official confirmation.
Over the past year we have improved our systems to help middle leaders have greater influence and accountability within their areas of responsibility. We have introduced a programme of monitoring that leads to half termly reviews of the progress that children are making and the quality of teaching in each class. This has been linked to support and training opportunities so that teaching staff have a clear understanding of the most important areas of improvement in their own performance. Teachers have looked carefully at their planning and reviewed their expectations to make sure that all children, including the lowest attaining, are making progress and being challenged. The children’s books show that they are working hard and making progress. Feedback from adults makes it clear what they should be learning next.
While there is much to do and improvements to be made there are many strengths in the school. Children are taught in small groups of approximately twenty for English and maths. They receive regular individual feedback in mentoring sessions and staff are benefitting from a great deal of high quality training and professional development opportunities. We know that children and families are happy with our school and are extremely grateful for their continued support and feedback. They tell us that the children are happy, concerns are listened to and behaviour is good. Our curriculum is enjoyed with a good range of visits and enrichment opportunities. The specialist teaching in music and PE is particularly strong and allows children to succeed and develop their own interests.
Mums, dads, cares and, most importantly, the children, tell us through surveys that they are happy with the school and enjoy being involved with Angel Road. We are a very different school from the one inspected in February 2016 and are confident that we can continue to improve and develop.