Ofsted inspection verifies huge improvements
The Inspectors recognised that “Dallow is a rapidly improving school (academy) as a result of the good leadership of the Principal and other leaders and of the rigorous support and challenge provided by the academy trust.”
The outcome of the report was as follows:
Leadership & Management
Behaviour & Safety of Pupils
Quality of teaching
Achievement of pupils
Early Years provision
The only reason that the inspectors were unable to rate us as Good overall was because of last year’s SATs results. However, although they are not yet officially validated, the SATs results that we have now received since the inspection have shown a big leap in achievement so we are confident that we would now achieve a Good overall.
The Inspectors visited 45 lessons over the 2 days, looked at pupil’s books, talked to the pupils about their work and checked their progress over time. As a result of this they are able to say that “the quality of teaching is now good and increasing proportions of pupils are making rapid progress.”
They reported that the teaching of reading, writing and mathematics is good and that our “curriculum promotes pupils’ academic and personal development well.” They also reported that opportunities for pupils to take part in artistic and sporting events are a particular strength of Dallow.
Importantly, the Inspectors judged that we have very effective systems for keeping pupils safe and that our focus on ‘values’ teaches care and consideration for others, and that “pupils from different backgrounds relate harmoniously with one another.”
Early Years (Foundation) is a particular focus for any inspection and they concluded that Foundation is well led and managed and teaching is good. The children in Foundation behave well and the indoor and outdoor learning environment is rich with learning opportunities.
The Inspectors summed up Dallow in one sentence for us: “They (Leaders) have established a culture in which relationships are positive, teaching can flourish and pupils are expected to behave.”