Our school, like every school, will periodically be inspected to ensure we continue to provide a high quality education for our children. We were extremely pleased that our Ofsted inspection was at the very top end of GOOD, bordering on outstanding; our SIAMS (church school) inspection was OUTSTANDING in all areas!
Ofsted (May 2014)
Ofsted are responsible for carrying our school inspections. The main areas currently inspected are:
1) The achievement of pupils in the school - at St Martin's this is 'GOOD'
Our pupils typically reach standards that are higher than those seen nationally. They get a very good start to their education in our Early Years class, then build on this well across the whole school. Progress for every child is closely monitored. The school usually has high levels of attainment, seen in very good test results, and the vast majority of children make good progress, with a significant proportion making above average progress. Children make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics, as well as in all areas of the curriculum. Ofsted have challenged us to make even better progress with our most able readers, and this has been achieved in the last two years.
2)The quality of teaching in the school - at St Martin's this is 'GOOD'
Teaching is good across the whole school, and sometimes outstanding. Teachers use a wide range of teaching strategies to help all learners, including extending the more able. The teaching includes making effective use of teaching assistants to support learning, enabling all children to make good progress. Ofsted have challenged us to make more of our teaching 'outstanding' overall, and this is also being achieved more consistently.
3) The behaviour and safety of the pupils - at St Martin's this is 'GOOD'
Children in our school have good behaviour and positive attitudes to learning. Safeguarding in the school is thorough, and children know they are safe, and have good awareness of how to keep themselves safe.
4) The quality of the leadership and management of the school - at St Martin's this is 'GOOD'
The school is clearly committed to improving teaching and learning, and the strong leadership in the school has ensured this is happening, with many good developments across the school to ensure further progress. The school has a strong Christian focus, with clear values and a strong vision for achieving excellence in everything. Governors are effective in the leadership of the school, and helping the school improve further. The school is making effective use of funding to manage learning well, including the sports funding and pupil premium funding.
Our most recent Ofsted inspection was in May 2014, when we were delighted that our school was graded as GOOD with many strong features that put us close to the 'Outstanding' category.
SIAS (now SIAMS) (May 2015)
Our most recent SIAMS inspections were in 2010 and 2015 and the inspectors graded our school as OUTSTANDING on both occasions.
As a Church of England (Aided) School, we are also inspected under the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) process. This is now carried out approximately every 3-5 years. The main areas they currently inspect are:
- How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
- What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
- How effective is the religious education?
- How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?