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 Ofsted 2018

Following OFSTED’s inspection on 28 February and 1 March, we have received the final report which is  available below. We encourage you to take some to read it. It will be published on the OFSTED website on Thursday 22 March 2018.

The inspection was carried out under the new, more stringent OFSTED Framework. Grades are given for 5 specific areas and a rating for Overall Effectiveness. The grades that can be awarded are Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate.

The results for Monks Orchard are summarised in the table below:

Overall Effectiveness

Requires Improvement

Effectiveness of Leadership and Management


Personal Development, behaviour and welfare


Early Years Provision


Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Requires Improvement

Outcomes for Pupils

Requires Improvement

This is a downgrade from our previous OFSTED rating of Good, however this is primarily due to significant leadership changes during 2014-2016. The school has been addressing this by implementing a restructure to provide a more effective leadership team and more stable teaching staff. The OFSTED inspectors noted this as a positive change and noted the strengths of the school as follows:

  • The headteacher and governing body have worked diligently to establish an effective leadership team and a more stable teaching staff.
  • Leaders’ accurate understanding of the school is used to make noticeable improvements. Leaders are precise in how they use support from the local authority and a local trust.
  • Leaders’ effective systems identify pupils needing extra help. Better-trained staff now provide pupils with the right support.
  • The early years provision gives children a good start to their education. The nursery is well managed and a strength of the school.
  • There is now a greater emphasis on problemsolving and the development of reasoning. This has improved teaching and learning in mathematics across the school.