The Governors and I acknowledge the Ofsted Report received and we are pleased that the inspectors have recognised the progress made this academic year, describing our school as an improving school. Notably that there is a much more positive outlook at school due to a change in ethos/culture and there is also a greater accountability than during the last inspection. We are pleased that behaviour has improved and our children work hard throughout the school. Reading continues to be a strength of the school with mathematics showing really positive signs of improvement.
We celebrate the areas that are judged as ‘Good’. There have been some great strides made. The children continue to make a good start to their education in the Early Years and behaviour and welfare remain strengths of the school.
Whilst the overall judgment of the school remains Requires Improvement the inspection team saw the transformation that has been made in such a short time. Plans were already in place to address the area of leadership and management within foundation subjects, however the team felt more time and development is needed. The foundation subjects are to receive a rigorous redevelopment ready for the launch of an exciting and broad curriculum in September…. if only they had come in the Autumn Term!
Even though many of our children leave Parkgate with standards in writing that are above the National Achievements, we aim to improve this even further through greater depth in all areas of the curriculum and greater level of challenge. Indeed we welcome the arrival of Mrs. Rashid in September who is our new lead for English; she has excellent firsthand experience in raising standards in writing and is keen to make an impact at Parkgate.
The staff, governors and I will continue to work diligently in the coming year and beyond to secure further transformations. I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of our school to thank our parents and children for the continued support you offer.
Mr A HutchingsHeadteacher