I am delighted to be able to share the outcomes of our recent school inspection where, after a thorough and rigorous two day visit, Holbrook school was judged to be a ‘Good’ school, with all areas graded as ‘good’.
The very positive report is a recognition of the persistent hard work and commitment of the staff, supported by parents, pupils and governors, to make Holbrook school a strong, happy and successful Primary school and I am extremely proud of everyone.
Thank you to parents/carers that took the time to complete the Parent View survey and to speak to inspectors on the gates at the beginning of the school day. Your support for our school came across very strongly and we are so pleased about this, as working effectively with parents/carers is a crucial aspect of our work and contributes greatly to the success of our school.
We are tremendously proud of our fantastic pupils who, during the inspection, carried on as usual and chatted happily, enthusiastically and confidently to inspectors about a wide range of subjects. In the report they received recognition for their “thoughtful comments about the importance of being kind to one another and about doing their best in school” and how they “are keen to do well and happily get on with the work set by their teachers”.
The report also recognises the progress the school has made since the previous inspection, notably “Leaders and governors have secured further improvements in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment since the previous inspection” and “the quality of pupils’ learning has improved considerably across the school and standards are rising”.
In addition to academic success, it is great to see our school values, ethos and community spirit strongly reflected in the report. As you are aware, we strongly believe in educating the ‘whole child’ and ensuring that we provide pupils with a wide variety of experiences and opportunities, a range of responsibilities and teaching them about valuing and respecting others. Above all, we want them to really enjoy coming to school as we know that when pupils feel happy, safe and cared for, they do well both academically and socially.
Further highlights from the report which all of our school community should feel very proud of include;
“Pupils make strong progress in a wide range of subjects, including English and mathematics”.
“The school’s broad and balanced curriculum contributes well to pupils’ learning”.
“Teachers have high expectations of pupils’ learning and behaviour”
“Pupils enjoy school and take pride in their work”.
“Strong relationships ensure that children feel safe and secure”.
We have a strong leadership team and supportive governing board that are “ambitious for the school’s future and look forward to securing further developments in the school’s work”. Working in partnership with parents/carers we will build on the successes of this report, addressing any areas that require further development and look forward with confidence to ensure that Holbrook school continues to go from strength to strength.
I hope that you enjoy reading the report which will be published on the OFSTED website this week. If you have any questions regarding the report, please do not hesitate to contact me.