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Latest Ofsted monitoring inspection report

We are pleased that the Ofsted team has highlighted, in their latest inspection of the school in December, a number of very positive findings as the school continues to make progress:

- leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures
- leaders are focusing on the right areas
- the Headteacher has a clear strategy to improve the school
- leaders evaluate accurately the quality of teaching and learning
- tailored programmes of professional development are improving teaching
- the school governing body provides robust challenge and support

While Ofsted says we have achieved a lot in a short space of time, there is still a lot that we need to do to make Cuckoo Hall a great school again.

A copy of the Ofsted report can be found here (pdf)

A copy of our letter to parents can be found here.

A summary of some of the key current teaching and learning changes that school is making can be found here.

Monitoring report, June 2018

Ofsted visited the school for a detailed fact finding inspection in May and is making its report public today, 6 June 2018.

We are delighted that the findings are largely very positive and that Ofsted believes the school is making significant improvement and taking the action needed to address all of its concerns.

There are of course still key areas for further improvement, with many challenges (as well as opportunities) ahead.

We can promise parents that we will not let up in our efforts to address every outstanding issue and to accelerate, wherever possible, the progress we are making.

We urge all of our parents to read the full inspection report. There is still a great deal of work to do.

Ofsted concluded:

•    Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures
•    The school’s action plan is fit for purpose
•    The trust has given extensive support to the school
•    The trust’s statement of action is fit for purpose
•    Pupils are well behaved and want to learn. They show very positive attitudes to learning
•    There is a high degree of scrutiny, challenge and support from the School’s Rapid Improvement Board (RIB)
•    The trust has appointed a substantive headteacher for September 2018.

Donald Graham, Chair of our Board of Trustees has responded to the report:

“We are very pleased with the progress the school has made. I would like to thank the teaching staff for making improvement in so many areas. We will continue to work closely with Ofsted, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and all our partners to ensure we embed within Cuckoo Hall a constructive learning environment for the children that is engaging, transparent and sustainable."

Sue Rubenstein, Chair of the school’s Rapid Improvement Board (RIB) said:

“We are so pleased that this Ofsted monitoring visit report recognises and reflects the hard work that all staff have done to improve the education that we offer our children. We know that there is more to do and we look forward to accelerating this improvement under the leadership of our fantastic new Head Nicky Ross.”
If you have any questions about the report, you can speak to your child’s class teacher, a member of the senior leadership team, or by email to cuckoo@chat-edu.org.uk. If there is a demand for it we can also organise meetings with parents to discuss the report in more detail.

A copy of Ofsted's report can be found here. (Pdf)

A copy of our letter to parents can be found here.

Ofsted Inspection Report

The school was inspected by Ofsted on 12-13 July 2017 and we received our report on 12 October.

We were very disappointed by the overall judgement that the school requires ‘special measures’ as we believe Ofsted failed to acknowledge many of the very good things that have made Cuckoo Hall such a special and much loved school at the heart of the local community for so many years.

Action Plan

What is now important is how the school responds, moves forward and takes successful action in each of the areas identified by Ofsted, in order to secure the best possible education for all our children. A school subject to special measures needs to submit a detailed plan about how improvements will be made and will have further, regular short-notice Ofsted inspections to monitor progress.

We have already put together a detailed Action Plan to address all of the issues raised by Ofsted and have appointed two highly experienced school leaders to manage the school until we appoint a new headteacher. Ofsted said in the report that it believes we “have an accurate understanding of the challenges facing the school.”

Ofsted praise

In their report, Ofsted says: “The behaviour of pupils is good….The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good…Pupils say they feel safe and well-cared for at school and they know whom to go to if they have concerns or worries.”

A copy of the full Ofsted report can be found here.

We have also produced a Questions & Answers briefing for parents.

A copy of our letter to parents can be found here.

Listen to an interview about the Ofsted.

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