“Pupils are happy and well cared for at Rednal Hill Junior School.”
“Pupils are proud of their school.”
We received the final report from OFSTED following our inspection on 11th and 12th December 2019. We were inspected under the new inspection framework that was only introduced in September 2019. The framework focuses on four main areas: Quality of Education, Leadership & Management, Behaviour & Attitudes and Personal Development. Our overall grading continues to be ‘Requires Improvement’ even though two areas, Behaviour & Attitudes and Personal Development, have improved to ‘Good’.
As you will know, Rednal Hill Junior School has been a place of huge change over the last few years and this was recognised by Ofsted, they said, “There have been some big changes at Rednal Hill Junior School over the last three years.”
Ofsted made the following positive judgements:
- Leaders and teachers listen to pupils and value them as individuals;
- Arrangements for safeguarding are effective;
- Leaders and teachers put the right support in place for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Parents value the support that their children get;
- Staff work hard to meet pupils social and emotional needs;
- Pupils say that bullying is not a problem. Ofsted say this is an ‘inclusive school’ and pupils say that ‘everybody supports each other’;
- Pupils enjoy a wide variety of extracurricular activities and educational visits and receive high quality experiences outside of lessons. Some activities are linked to the curriculum. Others are designed to build community spirit or introduce pupils to new interests and places.
- In mathematics, training for teachers and secure subject leadership mean that lessons are well sequenced;
- In English, curriculum plans are in place so that teachers know what pupils should learn and when;
- Teachers help pupils to write in different ways;
- Pupils speak enthusiastically about the new library and daily story time;
- Pupils who struggle to read fluently are given effective help to catch up;
- Pupils look forward to ‘Foundation Fridays’…they are proud of their work and present it with care;
- Pupils appreciate the attractive learning environment and the outdoor spaces;
Ofsted have set us targets to support our improvement journey which they acknowledge has already commenced. I would like to reassure parents/carers that this work is well underway. Areas for improvement are as follows:
- Leaders should continue to focus their attention on improving the quality of education so that outcomes improve for all pupils;
- Leaders should continue to provide high quality training to ensure that all staff have the subject knowledge and pedagogy and to teach all subjects well;
- Leaders should ensure that teachers make more effective use of assessment to find out what pupils do and do not know.
The full report will be available on the OFSTED website towards the end of next week and is available on our website.
The Ofsted report shows that we are moving ever closer to the goal of a ‘Good’ judgment from Ofsted and although there is work still to do, we should be encouraged by the report’s positive tone.
I would like to end by thanking our amazing pupils whose appetite for change, thirst for knowledge and sheer enthusiasm for Rednal Hill Junior School combine to make RHJS a wonderful place to work and learn.
R. Jones (Headteacher)