14th February 2019
THERE IS NO CHANGE TO THE SCHOOL’S CURRENT OVERALL EFFECTIVENESS GRADE OF GOOD.
Dear Parents and Carers,
We are delighted to confirm that Ofsted’s assessment of the effectiveness of Marshside is that it remains a good school and have attached a copy of the final report. It celebrates many aspects of the school of which we are very proud and recognises our vision to, “provide the best possible education for all pupils.” As parents you receive this before it’s published officially on Ofsted’s website on Monday 18th February 2019.
In summary the inspection identified:
- Changes at the school in recent years within the school staff and the governing body and how new staff feel well supported and that Governors have a strong understanding of the school’s strengths and areas needing improvement, and that they aren’t complacent along with wanting to improve their effectiveness;
- Positive views of the school from pupils, staff and parents;
- Recognises the progress the school has made in pupils’ attainment, thanks to the hard work of pupils and staff with parents’ support;
- Pupils are safe and well looked after in school. The school as a whole is well organised and effective in terms of its policies; procedures; record keeping; use of outside agencies to support pupils;
- Recognises that we have made good progress in improving attendance so that the proportion of those persistently absent from school has fallen;
- It asks for us to apply greater focus on ensuring that when pupils are being taught subjects other than English and Maths that we maximise the opportunities to help pupils reading, writing and mathematics in all subject areas.
As with all inspections, areas are identified where we can make improvements. We were heartened that we had already identified these as priorities in our school. The report recognises the improvements made since the last inspection and we are determined to continue to improve even further in the future.
We believe that the period ahead is both important and exciting for us all. In the summer three of the school’s parent governors will leave the governing body as their children move on to high school. Therefore, we will be looking to recruit new parent governors in the summer term.
It is essential that we have broad range of experiences and types of people and hence we will be flexible to personal circumstances and provide whatever support people need to be confident and capable governors. If you are at all interested please speak to either of us.
We would like to thank children, staff, parents, governors and all those who work with us in our endeavour to be the best we can be. It is great to be part of such an amazing team that is recognised as, “A friendly and caring school in the heart of the community.”
Andy Brown – Chair of Governors Kath Hall – Headteacher