Rushbrook Primary Academy
OfSTED Inspection 2018
Rushbook Primary Academy’s first OfSTED inspection is full of praise for leaders, staff and pupils alike. It also recognises the improvements the school is making in ensuring children are making the maximum progress and provides well judged suggestions on how to accelerate these improvements.
Special praise was given to the Early Years provision at the Academy which was judged as “GOOD” overall –
- Parents who spoke to inspectors were very positive about the care and guidance their children receive from staff. They are extremely positive about how happy their children are coming to school every day.
- Leaders have a good understanding of how young children learn. They have developed a curriculum that meets the needs of children at Rushbrook Primary Academy very effectively.
- Learning activities ignite children’s curiosity and imagination. Children enjoy learning outside.
- High-quality resources and a calm and orderly environment contribute to children’s positive attitudes to learning. Activities meet pupils’ needs well and enable them to make good progress.
- Positive relationships are modelled by adults and fostered well within early years. As a result, children demonstrate high levels of cooperation. They play well together, help each other and share resources.
- Children are happy and engaged in their learning.
- Workshops to help parents to understand how reading is taught are very well attended. Parents know how to help their children with their reading at home.
Below are just a few of the positive comments from Inspectors about the rest of the school:
- The new Head of School, together with her extremely able Assistant Headteachers, has established a positive and nurturing culture where pupils feel safe, and flourish both socially and emotionally.
- The majority of pupils are polite, well-mannered and show respect for others. For the vast majority of the time, pupils try hard and cooperate well together in class.
- Work in pupils’ books is neatly presented and pupils take pride in their work.
- The provision for pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities is effective.
- Leaders in the early years have a good understanding of how young children learn.
- Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted effectively.
- Leaders have accurately identified the actions they need to take to improve outcomes for pupils.
Overall, Rushbrook has been judged as “requiring improvement” and we absolutely recognise and understand the areas in which we need to continue to improve – and as is noted above, this was recognised by the Inspectors.
John Stephens, CEO of our Trust has said:
‘This really helpful report could not come at a better time. Inspectors have noted that the leaders at Rushbrook are taking the right steps to bring about sustainable improvement. I am delighted that OfSTED has acknowledged the way that the school promotes great relationships and offers high levels of care to the children, families and communities that it serves. It is so important that children enjoy coming to school, feel safe and enjoy learning. Inspectors enjoyed meeting with Rushbrook’s children and loved how open, honest, proud and well-informed they were.
We will use the inspection findings to drive improvements with even greater energy and enthusiasm.’
We will keep you informed about our progress in continuing to improve our fantastic school. If you have any queries about the OfSTED report then please do not hesitate to contact the school.
You can view the full report by clicking here http://www.rpa.bfet.uk//parents-carers/ofsted-report/
Miss Hew Ting Yuen
Head of School