Merton Court ISI Report 2014
I am delighted to outline the very positive comments and findings of ISI
inspectors following our inspection in November 2014.
The full report is available from the school office.
- The ability of the children in school is above average, with over a third having well above average ability. Attainment in national tests is well above the national average of maintained primary schools.
- The school successfully achieves its aims of enabling pupils to reach their potential by providing a good education with a varied and balanced curriculum within a caring environment, with strong family ethos and an atmosphere of warmth and friendliness.
- Teaching is good, the quality of the pupils' achievements is good and within the EYFS, progress is excellent. All pupils have excellent attitudes towards learning.
- Spectacular EYFS wooded area.
- Generous EYFS staff ratios and high quality EYFS Team.
- We run an excellent programme of extra-curricular clubs & activities.
- The spiritual, social, moral and cultural development of the pupils is excellent. Links with the local community are especially strong.
- Relationships amongst pupils and between pupils and staff are excellent.
- Safeguarding arrangements are effective.
- Recruitment procedures are robust; arrangements for health and safety are good, ensuring that pupils are safe.
- Links with parents and carers are excellent.
- The quality of the pupils' achievements and learning is good.
- The pupils are extremely articulate, enthusiastic and engaged learners.
- Children in the EYFS make excellent progress, often exceeding expected levels of attainment by the end of Reception.
- Children have excellent listening skills.
- The pupils' excellent ability to communicate coherently is evident in all curriculum areas.
- Pupils questionnaires were phenomenally positive.
- Pupils are consistently awarded places at their first choice maintained selective or independent senior school, with a number winning scholarships every year.
- Pupils' attitudes to their learning are excellent and their behaviour is exemplary.
- Teaching - the vast majority is good/excellent. Pupils follow a broad and creative curriculum.
- There is a strong focus on reading and literacy. Phonics sessions promote early writing skills and particularly good progress in writing.
- Teaching shows high expectations and motivates the children through an excellent range of imaginative tasks.
- Teachers' subject knowledge is very good and skilful questioning techniques encourage pupils to think and reason for themselves.
- Displays throughout the school are vibrant and inspiring and include excellent artwork.
- The pupils' behaviour is excellent.
- Dedicated staff are highly effective in fulfilling the school's aim to create an atmosphere of warmth and friendliness. Staff know the pupils extremely well.
- Relationships between staff and pupils and among pupils themselves are excellent
- School meals are well-balanced and nutritious.
- The contribution of arrangements for welfare, health and safety is good.
- The safeguarding of all pupils is given effective attention.
- The quality of governance is sound. There has been considerable investment in the school, including, recently, a woodland area for the EYFS, new classroom accommodation, and interactive whiteboards throughout the school.
- The buildings and grounds are very well maintained.
- The quality of leadership and management is good.
- The school is inspired by a committed and dedicated headmaster.
- The leadership team has a clear vision for the development of the school.
- We have highly committed and hard-working staff, who work well together.
- Teaching assistants and support staff are highly valued.
- The school has excellent standards of pastoral care and of pupils' personal development. The arrangements for personal care are excellent.
- Links with parents, carers and guardians are excellent.
- We have a strong Parents' Association.
The following were areas identified for further improvement, which the school has already begun to address:
- More systematic evidence of governance by the proprietors through the keeping of more formal written records.
- More formal written records for staff appraisal and professional development.
- Lesson planning and teaching/learning review for the 'Most Able'.
- Increased frequency of observational note taking in EYFS.
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