Every school in the country is regularly inspected by Ofsted, the organisation in charge of monitoring and checking standards in schools. They look at how well the school is being run, how good the teaching is, whether it provides value for money and whether it is caring for its children properly.
Our school was assessed in May 2018 - a full report can be read online here. We were disappointed with the final grading of 'Requires Improvement', but are determined to build on the report's recommendations. We have been judged as 'Good' in the previous two inspections (in 2015 and 2010), and are fully committed to providing the best education we can for our children and returning to this level as soon as possible.
Much of the report was very positive about the school, focussing in particular on our strengths in behaviour, Early Years and inclusion:
"Bedwell Primary is a very caring and inclusive school. Pupils are proud of their school and behave well."
"Pupils are a credit to the ways in which the school has nurtured and supported their social and emotional development. They are polite, kind, confident and welcoming."
The report identified many other strengths, including:
The report also included lots of positive comments about our children and families:
We use reports from Ofsted, along with internal monitoring, reports from external professionals, data and the views of our children, parents, staff and governors to evaluate our performance and plan future improvements.
We regularly evaluate our own performance, which we pull together in our Self Evaluation Form - which you can read here.
This, in turn, allows us to identify priorities for school improvement. This year, we have identified six key areas for development:
You can find out more about our plans for the year in our School Development Plan, which you can read here.