By now you should have had sight of our most recent Ofsted report and the accompanying letter from the Trust and Chair of Governors. Of course we are disappointed with the overall outcome but, in line with our own evaluation against the Ofsted criteria, this matched our judgement of where we are in our school improvement journey. Results for children at key stage 2 fell below government set ‘floor standards’ the year before I joined Parson Street and it has taken us a while to recover.
We are hopeful for much more positive results this year and Ofsted agreed with the reliability of the data we presented them and the evidence that was so clearly visible in books. At various times during the inspection we were told that the team felt they would be writing a very different Ofsted report for us in a year’s time. This recognises our hard work in driving improvement.
Whilst we are frustrated with some aspects of the report and have challenged sections of it, we are also pleased that the areas for development are in line with our current direction of travel. If you notice, the actions are worded in ways like, “Continue to…” or “Further develop…” etc. The team also felt that the leadership have a clear understanding of the school’s needs and have the capacity needed to drive improvements. Please do take the time to read the detail of the report (if you haven’t already) as there are lots of positives to take. At the request of parents whom I met this week, we have captured some key points and posted these to Twitter so do take a glance.
Thank you for your support
Parson Street Primary School,
Bedminster Road, Bedminster,
Bristol, BS3 5NR