MONITORING INSPECTION VISIT 2016
On 15 November Liberty Primary School was visited by Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) as part of the usual process following our Ofsted inspection undertaken in April 2016. HMI is tasked with assessing how schools that require improvement are addressing the issues identified by Ofsted and I have attached the full report for your attention.
I am delighted to say that HMI’s report clearly acknowledges the progress made at our school since the last inspection. It states that leaders and Governors at Liberty are taking “effective action” to tackle the areas requiring improvement and highlights the following strengths -
“You, your senior leaders and the Governing Body have a clear vision for the future of the school. It is evident that the “can do” ethos reported in the previous inspection is bringing about steady improvement. You have a secure understanding of the changes necessary at Liberty Primary to drive the required improvements.”
“You have sharpened lines of accountability for ensuring high quality teaching, learning and assessment. You and your leaders provide feedback regularly to staff about their work.”
“This challenge is individualised effectively thus creating a culture where staff strive to improve their teaching and leadership.”
The school is particularly pleased with HMI’s recognition of the drive to promote reading at Liberty -
“Pupils talk of a growing sense that reading is everywhere in the school. Older pupils are able to summarise the books they are reading. They read with enthusiasm and maturity that would be required for an audio book.”
The major success achieved by the school in improving the rate of pupils’ progress across the school is also recognised -
“The progress for pupils in reading, writing and maths was above the national average at the end of Year 2 and Year 6.”
The improvements in the quality of teaching and the pursuit of excellence were commented on -
“You have created a culture where all leaders and staff are involved in reflecting on the effectiveness of their practice. Teachers are increasingly taking responsibility for observing each other and engaging in discussions about improving their teaching.”
“While there is a focus on ensuring that all teaching over time is at least good you are working to develop good to outstanding practice.”
We know there are still a couple of areas that need to improve in the school and actions are already in place to address these. Governors and senior leaders will work tirelessly to ensure the same success seen in other areas is replicated here.
The report from HMI is recognition of the great progress being made at Liberty. We agree that our school is heading in the right direction, with our children working very hard and achieving some great results. Since the appointment of Ms O’Hara as our Head Teacher, Liberty has made huge strides forward and is currently rated in the top 10% of schools nationally for progress in Key Stage 2. I know that under her strong leadership, with support from you, our fantastic Liberty families, the staff and the governors, we will continue to maintain this positive momentum, deliver the improvements required and secure a bright future for Liberty and our children.
Stella Croissant (Mrs)
Chair of Governors