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:-
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.