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In December 2016, Manor Fields received an overall judgement of ‘inadequate’.  We encourage all parents and carers to look ‘beyond the headlines’ and take into account the very many positives that the report identified within each judgement area.

We are proud of the vast majority of the findings in the report. The Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment is good, and the Outcomes for Pupils and their Early Years Provision are also good. We are particularly pleased with the recognition of the improvements which have taken place within middle and subject leadership. The report also acknowledges the improved work of the governing body in monitoring the standards in school.  Some of the strengths that were recognised are highlighted below:-

  • Pupils make good progress in all the different age groups, including Early years.
  • The percentage of pupils attaining expected standards in phonics at the end of Key stage 1 in 2016 was significantly above the national average.
  • Standards at the end of both Key Stages 1 and 2 in 2014 and 2015, were above national averages.
  • In 2016  (with a new curriculum and assessment criteria) improvements continued to be positive
  • The most able, pupils with special educational needs/disabilities and disadvantaged pupils make good progress
  • Behaviour is good and pupils know how to keep themselves safe.
  • Clear strengths were identified in the personal development of pupils
  • Writing, reading and maths are taught well
  • Effective development of the science curriculum
  • Teaching has significantly improved in a large number of subjects
  • Development of subject leaders was a strength
  • Pupil’s behaviour and attitude towards learning was good
  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was seen as a strength
  • Leaders have demonstrated many strengths in other areas of their work
  • Governors have significantly improved their role as leaders

We also believe the school has many other strengths that include the excellent provision of musical opportunities, including our orchestra, sports achievements and outdoor learning through forest school.

We were obviously extremely disappointed with the final judgement. Whilst the overall effectiveness of ‘Leadership and Management’ and ‘Personal Development, behaviour and welfare’ were deemed inadequate, this related to one particular aspect – that of safeguarding children.  Ofsted focused on the safeguarding of pupils both in our care and within their home lives. We understand where these failings occurred and have already taken immediate steps in prioritising improvements to systems and processes.


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