Mike reports on another Medway School celebrating improved rating from Ofsted


News from Medway Council website : 

A Medway school has improved its Ofsted rating in its last inspection.

Wayfield Community Primary School and Nursery in Wayfield Road, Chatham has been acknowledged as ‘Good’ by Ofsted after the inspection at the end of January. The school was judged ‘Satisfactory’ in its previous inspection.

Headteacher Valerie Rose said: “I am absolutely delighted that Ofsted have recognised that our provision to improve outcomes for children is Good. I am now keen to sustain this improvement as we move towards Outstanding.”

Ofsted found achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management were all good.

Since the last inspection, the school, which has 224 pupils on roll, has maintained its nurturing and caring strengths at the same time as improving achievement, teaching and leadership.

Behaviour is good in lessons and around the school, and pupils feel safe and secure. Their enthusiasm for learning helps them to achieve well.

It was noted that pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Although there are considerable variations in children’s starting points, by the time they leave the school, they reach levels that are in line with those achieved nationally.

There has been a strong emphasis on improving teaching since the last inspection. Ofsted commented that good teaching at the school makes learning interesting and fun for pupils so they try hard. Pupils find the curriculum, planned around topics, stimulating and they develop independence and resilience in their learning.

The teaching of letters and their sounds (phonics), is well organised and the school’s continued focus on improving reading is having a positive impact in all year groups.

Higher Level Teaching Assistants have been trained well to manage additional support programmes, including one-to one tuition and regular small group sessions. These successfully accelerate pupils’ progress and ensure that all pupils, whatever their background, have equal opportunity to succeed.

Lessons are planned effectively, and pupils use the target sheets in their books well to chart their own progress and to know how to reach the next level.

Oftsed noted how the school has worked hard to promote good attendance and punctuality since the last inspection. Pupils behave well and are considerate of others and the school’s focus on hard work and achievement has helped to cement this.

Strong links with parents and the on-site Children’s Centre help children to settle into the Early Years Foundation Stage and learn to enjoy school and their learning.

Leadership was also observed to be a strength of the school with the Headteacher and Governing Body giving strong leadership and direction to the school’s work; senior leaders, managers and staff work effectively as a close team to bring about improvement.

Senior leaders have also worked closely with Medway Council, with the council giving the school good practical support over the past year and providing additional consultancy, particularly to develop teaching, which has accelerated the school’s rate of improvement.

The curriculum is thoroughly enjoyed by pupils, and enables them to develop their literacy and numeracy skills well. It is enriched by clubs, visits and visitors. Pupils speak about their enjoyment of topics such as fairly tales, Aztecs, light and sound and performance poetry. The needs of pupils of different abilities are met well.

Ofsted noted that the Governors play an important role at the school; they are aware of the school’s strengths and weaknesses because they know what is happening and are accessible to parents.

Chair of Governors Steve Nairn said: “The Governing Body has congratulated every member of the school team on the outcome of the recent Ofsted inspection. We have always known that the school has all it takes to prepare our children well for their future lives. This was clearly in evidence during the two days of the inspection and has been acknowledged in the good Ofsted report. Holding their heads high everyone at Wayfield Primary School can now move forward towards ‘Outstanding’ in the coming months and years.”

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