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OFSTED and SIAMS Reports



OVERVIEW  Ofsted visited our school during December 2018 and carried out a full inspection. You will find the report, which is attached below, to be thorough and highlights areas requiring improvement as well as areas of strength.


The successful Early Years department and the wellbeing of our children were two notably positive areas and were graded ‘Good’, the report highlighting that within our Foundation Stage ‘.Good relationships with adults, and each other, ensure that children quickly adapt to school life and are happy, motivated and ready to learn..’ Ofsted also noted that the school was   ‘..already making significant improvements …. (new) leadership (Ms Parsons)  has given clearer vision, improved behaviour and motivated staff …. instilled a sense of raised expectations and common purpose .’ and this has continued as the years have passed and developments have been made. 


Overall, at this inspection Ofsted determined that our school ‘Required Improvement’ and was graded as such. However, the tone of aspects within the detailed report was encouraging and they clearly felt that the future for St John’s was promising - and it was (and is!)   The inspection looked at several key areas – Effectiveness of leadership and management; Quality of teaching, learning and assessment; Personal development, behaviour, and welfare; Outcomes for pupils and Early Years provision.


  • Areas required to improve included, *Embedding good leadership and management practices for all of our leaders. *Ensuring that Teaching and Learning is consistently good across the school. *Enhancing our pupils’ outcomes at the end of Year 6. *Developing our wider curriculum. *Broadening our SEND identification and support.  
  • Areas of strength included, *Our school offers a warm and nurturing environment. *Pupils are happy and feel safe.  *High standards in the Nursery and Reception classes ensure that children make strong progress from their starting points.  *Pupils behave well in and around school. They are polite, respectful and kind to one another. *The teaching of phonics is a strength of the school and most pupils reach the level required by the end of Year 1.*Pupils speak with confidence about different faiths and cultures. They have a keen sense of equalities and have regular opportunities to learn about British values.


Within their report, Ofsted noted that under the new leadership (Ms Parsons) had  ‘swiftly identified the school’s shortcomings and is systematically reviewing and improving the school’s systems..'’ This has continued over the proceeding years and huge developments have been made, including; *a new leadership team and structure, *a re-shaped and developed curriculum, *high expectations concerning teaching and learning and *improved outcomes for our Year 6 in Maths (62% in 2018  to 78% in 2019) and raising our combined % score (Reading, Writing and Maths) from 52% in 2018,  to 60% in 2019. Whilst we strive to improve these further, we know this will take time.


Our children are happy, confident learners and really are at the centre of all that we do and have done over the past years to ensure great progress and fantastic learning opportunities. 

Ofsted School Inspection Report December 2018


SIAMS   (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools)

All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.  The SIAMS Evaluation Schedule sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. St John's was visited by the SIAMS inspection team during March of 2019 and the report can be found below.  You will read a very successful report, of which we are very proud knowing that it is indicative of our rapid school improvement and development. Once again, our children were wonderful representatives of the inclusive and aspirational nature of our setting.

SIAMS School Inspection Report

Please find information from the Government, below, which may be of interest. 

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St John's CE Primary School is a member of the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust.