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The school was last inspected on 20th September 2017 and we are pleased that Ofsted continues to believe we are a good school.

Here is an extract from the report:

“The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

You and your leaders have established a truly inclusive school where pupils’ personal development is as important as their academic achievement. Parents, staff and pupils value your hard work and they fully support you and your leadership team. Leaders have a clear vision for the school’s future and ensure that the school’s ethos and values are woven into everything they do. Staff share this vision and know the role they play in bringing about further improvement. Governors understand and fulfil their responsibilities well, providing a good level of support and challenge.

Since the previous inspection, the school has continued to build on its strengths. You have maintained the close partnership with the on-site school for deaf children and briefly took on the role of executive headteacher last year. Attainment at key stages 1 and 2 is above national averages and children get off to a great start in the early years. The broad and balanced curriculum offers pupils a range of subjects and enriching experiences, such as learning Mandarin and British sign language. Relationships between staff and pupils are warm, creating an atmosphere of openness and trust. As one parent says, ‘They treat every child as an individual.’

You have carefully analysed the school’s current performance and have identified key areas for development. The quality of teaching and learning continues to be a focus, particularly in developing mastery in key skills and ensuring that work meets the different needs of pupils. You and your leaders recognise that the school could do more to ensure that pupils make consistently good progress from their starting points, particularly disadvantaged pupils.

Safeguarding is effective.  All safeguarding requirements are fit for purpose. School leaders and governors are knowledgeable about the latest safeguarding requirements. All staff receive regular training and follow school procedures if they have any concerns. Members of the pastoral team know the pupils and their individual needs well. They understand the importance of their role and ensure that pupils and their families receive the necessary help. The school continues to run an extensive support programme from the nearby family centre which is a valued part of the community.

You and your leaders ensure that pupils’ well-being is at the heart of everything the school does. As a result, the school is a safe and happy environment. Pupils and parents are unanimous in their positive comments about the safety and care provided by the school.”

 

To read the full report of our short inspection, please click here:

Highgate Primary Ofsted 2017