Ofsted Inspection Report

Our most recent Ofsted inspection was carried out in January 2019.
Ofsted rated our school as good.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils:-

  • Senior leaders have high ambitions for the school. Their unyielding determination has meant that they have overseen rapid improvements to the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Leaders’ actions have improved pupils’ achievement throughout key stage 2. The progress of pupils in reading, writing and mathematics has rapidly improved in 2018.
  • The trust provides excellent support for leaders at all levels and has ensured that any weaknesses in leadership have been successfully addressed.
  • As a result of very strong and focused professional development, the quality of teaching is good. Those who are new to the profession are particularly well supported.
  • Pupils are proud of their school. Work to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is highly effective. Pupils’ understanding of British values is strong. They have a strong understanding of racism, know this is wrong and say that it is not an issue in this school.
  • The school’s curriculum strongly supports pupils’ language development. This helps pupils, particularly those who speak English as an additional language, to make good progress in their learning.
  • Governors are very well informed and provide effective support and challenge to leaders.
  • Although the teaching of phonics during lesson time is effective, pupils do not apply their phonics knowledge routinely across the curriculum. Therefore, misconceptions in learning are not addressed.
  • Teachers and teaching assistants ask effective questions during lessons, but do not routinely give pupils the time they need to respond. Some pupils have developed an over-reliance on adults and this has reduced the capacity for pupils to work independently.
  • Teachers do not always insist on high standards of presentation and neatness in pupils’ work.


Read the full 2019 Ofsted inspection report.  


Visit the Ofsted web page for Highfield School.