Birchwood Grove

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Ofsted & Performance

Inspection judgements 2012

Overall effectiveness

1

Achievement of pupils

1

Quality of teaching

1

Behaviour and safety of pupils

1

Leadership and management

1

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. The total commitment to securing the highest quality of learning, shown by both pupils and staff, is impressive. The promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Consequently, pupils develop a wealth of skills that prepare them exceptionally well for the future. The extremely high expectations of leaders and staff at all levels contribute significantly to the school’s success.

Across the school, pupils make rapid progress over time, resulting in their outstanding achievement. They develop high levels of independence, collaboration and reflection. Attainment is significantly above average in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils also achieve extremely well in other areas such as sport and the arts.

Leaders’ excellent management of performance and strong leadership of teaching secure a quality that is consistently at least good, with much that is outstanding. There is absolutely no sense of complacency. As a united team, there is an overwhelming sense of energy and passion across the school. The outstanding curriculum created by staff provides pupils with rich, memorable learning experiences.

The outstanding quality of teaching inspires pupils. Using a wide range of strategies, teachers ensure learning is personalised to pupils’ differing needs. Teaching assistants are highly skilled and knowledgeable. The quality of verbal dialogue and feedback between pupils and adults is exceptionally strong. Written feedback and marking of pupils’ work, although good, does not always reflect the same high quality and move pupils on in their learning as effectively.

Pupils develop incredibly positive attitudes towards learning. Their excellent behaviour and enthusiasm make a significant contribution to the school’s vibrant, purposeful learning atmosphere. Whilst always mutually supportive, they are able to challenge each other’s ideas in a completely appropriate manner. Pupils feel safe at school at all times.

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Performance 2016

Key Stage 2 National Curriculum Test Results 2015-2016

“2016 was the first year of the new key stage 2 tests in maths, reading and grammar, punctuation and spelling. The tests assess children against a national standard…. As the new standard is higher than the old one, fewer children have met the new expected standard than the previous standard.”

 Standards and Testing Agency July 2016

As you know, Birchwood Grove staff, parents and governors have always been proud of the progress pupils have made from starting school to Year 6, and in the standards reached by our pupils at the end of Year 2 and Year 6.

The May 2016 test results for our Year 6 pupils was significantly lower than in previous years for our school, despite the efforts of the pupils, staff and their parents.  This pattern has been replicated across the country.  In addition, these lower results have affected the average measured progress for the whole group of pupils.

To ensure that our pupils’ progress from this academic year onwards, the leadership team have drawn up a plan identifying the key actions that are being taken.  The governors will be involved in monitoring the success of these actions on a regular basis.  Please see ‘Improving our school’ on the school website for more information.

The table below shows the average progress scores for the Reading and Maths tests, and Writing teacher assessments.

 

Reading 

Writing

Maths

Average progress scores

-2.95

-0.55

-4.33

Each pupil’s test result was turned into a ‘scaled score’.  A pupil with a score of 100 or above was deemed to have met the ‘expected standard’.  The table below shows the average ‘Scaled score’.

 

Reading

Maths

Average ‘Scaled scores’

    102.0

    100.9


The table below shows the percentages of children who reached age related expectations in their SATs for this school, for West Sussex and the national results.

 

National

Percentage who

achieved expected

standard

West Sussex

LA schools

Percentage who

achieved the

expected standard

Birchwood Grove

Percentage who

achieved the

expected standard

Birchwood Grove Percentage who

achieved a high level of attainment

Reading

 

66%

65%

65%

14%

Maths

 

70%

63%

57%

8%

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling

72%

68%

67%

10%

Writing

(Teacher assessment)

74%

61%

86%

14%

Reading, Writing & Maths combined

53%

45%

51%

2%


Key Stage 1 National Curriculum Teacher Assessments 2015-16

2016 was the first year of the new key stage 1 Teacher Assessment arrangements in reading, writing and maths.  The children also took National Curriculum tests in reading and mathematics, although the results of these tests are not published but used to inform each child’s Teacher Assessment. The teachers assessed children against a new national standard with higher expectations of pupils. 

Birchwood Grove’s teacher assessments were moderated by the West Sussex moderation team and had a very high accuracy rate (98%).

The table below shows the percentages of children who reached age related expectations in the teacher assessments for this school, for West Sussex and the national results.

 

National 

Percentage who

achieved expected

standard or above

West Sussex

LA Schools

Percentage who

achieved the

expected standard or above

Birchwood Grove

Percentage who

achieved the

expected standard or above

Birchwood Grove

Percentage who

achieved at greater depth

Reading

74%

69%

92%

33%

Writing

65%

53%

77%

15%

Maths

73%

65%

81%

31%

Click here to read the report on 2015-2016 Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 results.

Click here to the DfE School Performance Tables.