Ofsted – September 2017

This is a good school 

  • School leaders, in partnership with the trust, have brought about improvement to the quality of teaching and learning since the previous inspection. As a result, outcomes for pupils have also improved.
  • The head of academy knows the school well and has a clear vision for the future. Her close working partnership with the executive headteacher has enabled her to develop an effective plan for the future.
  • Teachers and teaching assistants work closely together to ensure that the complex needs of pupils are met both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Staff know pupils well, understand their needs and are skillful at ensuring that they are nearly always well supported in the classroom. This ensures that pupils make good progress from a range of different starting points.
  • Overall, the quality of teaching across the school is good. However, in one or two areas on both sites, teaching is inconsistent. Resources, particularly in mathematics, are not effectively used to support pupils’ learning. The most able pupils do not always get sufficient opportunity to complete longer pieces of work.
  • Children in the Reception class make good progress from a wide range of starting points.
  • The curriculum is carefully designed to meet individual pupils’ needs. Staff make regular checks on how well pupils are learning. These checks inform them of any changes they may need to make to planned work.
  • Pupils’ personal development and welfare are very clear priorities for all staff. Parents who spoke to the inspection team agreed with this view and shared their pleasure at the progress their children have made since coming to the school.
  • Pupils’ behaviour at the time of the inspection was good overall. This was evident in the calm atmosphere in most classrooms and at playtime.
  • Behaviour records kept by the school show that incidents of difficult behaviour are effectively logged and are followed up appropriately. Often these incidents are linked to a pupil in crisis and school leaders and staff work hard to reduce the impact on other pupils.
  • Parents spoken to during the inspection were very positive about the work of the school. Some who responded on Parent View, or through the Ofsted texting service, were less so. The inspection team followed up all issues raised by parents and concluded that better communication was needed between school leaders and a small number of parents.

Further improvements for the school

  • Improve the consistency in the quality of teaching and learning by ensuring that: – the most able pupils have more opportunities to write longer pieces of work – appropriate resources to support pupils’ mathematical learning are used consistently in all areas of the school.
  • Increase opportunities for senior leaders and trustees to communicate with the small number of hard-to-reach families who remain concerned by actions taken by the school.

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Ash Trees Academy Final Ofsted Report 2017

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