On Tuesday 7th March 2017, Sacred Heart School was subject to a Section 5 Inspection. These are carried out by an HM Inspector with the intention of validating that a school remains a ‘Good’ school. The foci of this type of inspection are ‘Leadership and Management’ and ‘Safeguarding’.
The outcome of this inspection is that Sacred Heart remains a ‘Good‘ school.
The outcome evidences the outstanding progress that the school has made since its last inspection. Indeed, the outcome is more pleasing in these times of changing goal posts, with the lack of clear direction on assessment and the higher ‘levels’ of attainment expected as standard from our children at the end of each Key Stage.
In the words of one inspector, under today’s inspection framework “a school standing on a ‘Good’ judgement from five years ago would find itself in ‘Special Measures’ if things remained the same.”
The report can be read using the link below. It is very different from the reports that precede it as it takes the form of a formal letter to the Headteacher from the OFSTED inspector. The letter outlines the findings of the day, the strengths of the school and the areas for development.
As a school, the areas for development outlined had already been identified and form the basis of our 2016/17 School Development Plan. We were delighted with the feedback we received from the HM Inspector as it identified some ‘outstanding’ features.
At the follow on, Religious Education Inspection (Section 48), the school was judged ‘Outstanding’ for Catholic Life and ‘Good’ for Catholic Education. The report will be available to download here.
At Sacred Heart Primary School, we have high standards of academic achievement, with consistently strong Key Stage figures.
In the academic year, 2015/16, the Statutory Assessment Test (SATs) for England changed in format and expectation. The expectation of 10/11 year olds was increased alongside the demands of the curriculum. These higher expectations led to a drop in KS2 attainment nationally, with the National combined figure for the expected standard or above (EXS+) in Reading, Writing and Mathematics combined (RWMC) falling from 80% in 2014/15 to 53% in 2015/16 at Key Stage 2. At Sacred Heart, we exceeded the National attainment measure with 67% of pupils achieving the expected standard or above in RWMC.
Our Key Stage 2 Results can be accessed on the government’s school performance website via the following link : Key Stage figures
Comparative results for Key Stage 2 attainment can be found via the following link: KS2 (Year 6) Results 2015 to 2016