The Ruskington Chestnut Street CofE Primary Academy is celebrating an impressive achievement after continuing to secure their ‘Good’ rating in their latest Ofsted inspection. Being graded as a ‘Good’ school in all areas is no mean feat, especially after the huge disruption caused by the pandemic, and reflects the school’s hard work and determination to uphold Ofsted’s incredibly rigorous standards. The Ofsted report noted how staff and Governors, working in partnership with LAAT, provide a good education for all pupils, or as referenced in the report itself – “the children get a good deal here.”
The school achieved a ‘Good’ grade across all five Ofsted inspection categories of quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and early years provision. Among the report’s highlights, the school was praised for its values of ‘care, believe and grow’ which it said, “shine through at this friendly and inclusive school”. Inspectors also commended the way children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are included in all aspects of school life.
During their two-day visit, the inspection team held various meetings with school staff and representatives of LAAT and carried out deep dives into early reading, mathematics, science and geography. After visiting lessons, looking at curriculum plans and seeing samples of pupils’ work they concluded that school leaders have ensured that the curriculum is well designed and sequenced.
Inspectors also met with pupils to understand their views on what it’s like to attend the school and found that they felt “happy and safe” and are “enthusiastic in lessons and keen to please”.
The Ofsted report recognised the school’s curriculum for pupils’ personal development as a strength and said that close links with the local community are encouraging the pupils to be “responsible and respectful citizens”.
The inspection team was also impressed with how school leaders have prioritised the teaching of early reading and noted that children in the Little Conkers nursery and the Reception class “get off to a cracking start” and are provided with a stimulating and well-thought-through curriculum.
As well as gathering opinions from staff and pupils, inspectors considered responses to Ofsted’s parent/carer questionnaires and found that the vast majority hold positive views of the school. One typical comment being: “This school is an amazing place for my child to learn, grow and make friendships. They spring out of bed each morning!”
Daniel Doud and George Trafford, Head of School and Executive Headteacher at Ruskington Chestnut Street CofE Primary Academy, said maintaining their ‘Good’ Ofsted grade was a fantastic achievement for the school. They commented: “We are delighted that the outcome of this rigorous inspection truly reflects the dedication and shared expertise of all those involved and that our effective link with LAAT, our Academy Trust, was noted by the inspection team. Being part of this mutually supportive trust has brought real benefit to the children and staff at Chestnut Street, from support with teaching and learning, leadership and across all aspects of school life. The inspection team shared the steps needed to take the school forward and we are pleased to say that we had already identified these in our school development plan.”
Offering her congratulations to the school, Jackie Waters-Dewhurst, CEO of LAAT, said: “It is clear from reading the Ofsted report that the Leadership, all staff, and Governors, in partnership with the Trust, work extremely well together to provide a good education for every child, including those with SEND. The school has worked incredibly hard on continuing to broaden and strengthen the curriculum and it was pleasing to see just how well this was received during the two-day inspection and how it is reflected in the report.”
To view the full Ofsted report online go to https://www.chestnutstreet.co.uk/ofsted/