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Thursday, 23rd January, 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I am pleased to now be able to write to you with news of the outcome of our recent Ofsted inspection, which took place on Tuesday 17th December 2019.

Ofsted – Hankham Primary School continues to be a good school.

As I know many of you appreciate, staff at Hankham are not working purely towards an OFSTED grade and SATS results; we strive for our children to feel happy and safe and to support our children to become confident and resilient individuals who connect positively with others in the local and wider community as active and effective citizens, prepared for life in the 21st Century. I am delighted to report that Ofsted recognises our work with this in their report and I would like to share a snapshot of their positive comments with you:

“Pupils are happy and safe in school.”

“Everyone makes safeguarding a top priority in the school.”

“Bullying is not an issue.  Pupils say that there is none.”

“Pupils respect each other’s views, listen to teachers and most behave very well.”

“Pupils play cooperatively together on the playground.”

“Pupils work well together in their mixed-age classes.”

“The strong international dimension of the school is seen in all aspects of school life.”

“Pupils appreciate, respect and celebrate diversity.”

“Special days such as European day further enhance pupils’ cultural awareness.”

“Pupils benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities and opportunities to take responsibility.”

Thank you for making positive parental comments; staff are pleased that work with families is appreciated and acknowledged:

“Leaders support vulnerable pupils and their families to help them get the help they need.”

The report also highlights next steps needed to take the school forward. What is pleasing is that areas for development are already school priorities in our school improvement plan. We were inspected under the new Inspection Framework introduced this academic year; this has meant Ofsted have a more rigorous focus on curriculum compared to previous inspections.  We had already identified curriculum development as a priority, are already working on the report’s suggested areas for development and I would like to share some of the report’s comments which acknowledges our work:

“Leaders recently introduced a mathematics scheme with clear aims.”

“Leaders prioritise reading.”

“Children who fall behind are swiftly helped.”

“There is a strong emphasis on storytelling throughout the school.”

“Leaders ensure that most subjects are well planned.  The curriculum is designed to give all pupils the knowledge and skills they need for future learning.”

“Leaders have introduced a curriculum based on the national curriculum and the United Nation’s sustainable development goals.  This has captured everyone’s interest.  As a result, pupils want to learn, and most behave and concentrate well.”

The full report is available below.  The report should also be on the Ofsted website from Wednesday 29th January.

I would like to finish by thanking everyone - staff, pupils, governors and families - for all their ongoing hard work, commitment and support.  I thank you all for your shared vision and determination, making Hankham such a great place to work and study.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak with me.

Yours sincerely

Sarah Timlin


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