Ofsted Report – 2019

Please follow the link below to view the most recent Ofsted Inspection Report in December 2019.

Ofsted Report December 2019

Message from the Headteacher

I would like to notify you that the Ofsted Inspection Report has now been published. Please follow the link for the full report.

Whilst Ofsted recognised that Chaucer is an improving school it also highlights a number of areas for improvement including the need to improve early reading and the way the curriculum is organised. Overall the School has been judged as Requires Improvement but there is much to be proud of.

The school league tables for 2018-19 were published on Friday and there you will find how Chaucer compares to other schools locally and nationally. Reading progress has improved from well below national expectations to in line with national expectations. The Ofsted report highlights the strengths of the school and how children are engaged in interesting topics enhanced by worthwhile experiences. The strong personal development of our pupils is highlighted with the report recognising the children’s enthusiasm when discussing the charity and singing events we organise and the wide range of sporting activities. The leadership of the school council and house captains is also acknowledged.

It is lovely to read in the report how the older children in school are sensible and self-disciplined, this is so important as they are role models for our younger children. I am so proud of the behaviour of all our children, over the past week they have been a credit to their families and teachers with the way they have conducted themselves at our Christmas events. They have worked so hard on the performances and I personally have enjoyed every minute.

Obviously as a staff and a governing body we are extremely disappointed to be judged to Require Improvement given the recent publication of performance data and knowing how much improvement has taken place over the last few years. We are already working to improve early reading and providing training for staff around behaviour management and curriculum development.  The governing body will ensure they check on the work of safeguarding and teaching in school and this will be supported by our newly appointed Chair of Governors Canon John Hall

As disappointing as this judgement is,  we will continue to strive to ensure all our pupils achieve their full potential across a wide curriculum, enjoy school, and feel safe and cared for at all times. I will update you regularly with school improvement information letters, similar to the one I posted last week, and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.