Our most recent OFSTED inspection took place on 10th and 11th January 2017. The overall judgment of the inspectors was that the school REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT and is improving.
Message from the Chair of Governors:
We invite and encourage you to read the attached Ofsted report following our inspection on 10 and 11 January. The report explains its conclusions in some detail.
Ofsted found that the school is “improving” and under the current leadership has “the capacity to improve at pace”. Ofsted observe that this is a view shared by staff and many parents. However, there are further improvements which need to be made or will take time to impact fully, so for now, under its latest framework, Ofsted judges the school to “require improvement” to become good.
Importantly, the report recognises that the school has been through a period of significant change over the last two years. Sonia Strickland was appointed interim Executive Headteacher in September 2015. In the last academic year, the leadership teams at St Mary’s Hatfield Broad Oak and Little Hallingbury Schools worked hard to formalise the partnership between the two schools resulting in the formation of the Federation of our schools in September 2016. Ofsted comment that the Federation has “increased the capacity for school improvement”. Inspectors note that Mrs Strickland has “accurately identified the strengths and weaknesses at the school” and identify many positive changes she has already made including improvements to safeguarding, monitoring of pupil progress, accountability for pupil progress and performance management of staff.
In verbal feedback, the inspectors made it clear that the school had made very significant progress under Mrs Strickland’s leadership. Governors are pleased that the report highlights several key strengths at Little Hallingbury School: safeguarding, good pupil behaviour, high achievement for pupils in reading and writing. It also notes areas for further improvement. Ofsted’s findings are consistent with the school’s own self-evaluation carried out before the inspection, and now gives impetus to our plans for further improvement.
Ofsted indicated that the leadership could do more to improve communication with parents and this is something we acknowledge. As part of Mrs Strickland’s plans to improve communication, governors and staff intend to hold Parent Forums on a half termly basis. This will be an opportunity for parents and carers to come into school to meet staff and governors to ask questions, express concerns and give feedback. We hope that you will find this a helpful initiative.
Information about School improvement plans and progress will be communicated through the parent forum and through material on the website.
To read the full report, please click here.