Parents - Please share your views about our school with OFSTED.
Since our last OFSTED, September 2014, the Headteacher has worked relentlessly with the new staff team and governors to improve school life at Mells.
The OFSTED highlighted successes and areas for us to improve upon. The successes included:
The following areas are areas we have been working on with quotes from independent sources on how we are improving ...
OFSTED said 'Pupils' achievement, especially in writing, has not been good enough. Too few pupils have made good progress from their starting points at the school. Pupil's progress in writing is not consistently good across all years."
The school team has focused on writing, staff have attended Talk for Writing Training and the Headteacher has invested in support and training from Sarah Cook.
OFSTED said 'Pupils who are disabled, have special educational needs and those who are eligible for additional funding make similar progress to other pupils, and this is not yet good enough. Over time, too few are making the accelerated progress that would normally be expected. However since then the school's new SENCO has led the changes with regard to SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).
OFSTED said "Children's progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage has not been good enough". The Early Years Leader and Headteacher have focussed on improving the Early Years.
OFSTED said "When learning lacks challenge some pupils become restless, attitudes to learning worsen and they do not always concentrate or work hard. Teaching for some time has not ensured that all groups of pupils learn sufficiently well. Activities provided by teachers do not always provide appropriate challenge to pupils, especially the most able, to allow them to achieve well."
The school team, with support from Di Pardoe has sought to address this. All members of the Mells team are encouraged to be 'purple learners' and through this approach children can self-challenge, guided by staff.
OFSTED said "Some teachers do not have high enough expectations for their pupils and do not check their work meticulously enough to challenge mistakes." The staff team have worked hard at increasing expectations, improving the marking and feedback provided verbally and within the books to challenge all children.
OFSTED said "Leaders have not checked the quality of teaching rigorously enough to ensure that teachers successfully help pupils to achieve well. Leaders, managers and governors have not ensured that teaching and achievement have improved enough to be good."
OFSTED said "Leaders and governors do not have a clear understanding of how well the additional funding is helping to raise the achievement of eligible pupils."