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Council report summarises Ofsted inspections across Nottinghamshire state schools

A report by Nottinghamshire County Council summarises the outcomes of Ofsted inspections for the Spring term 2024.

 

The report provides a comprehensive overview of the performance of state-funded schools in the region. The report details both positive results and areas requiring improvement, highlighting the Council’s ongoing efforts to support educational institutions.

Overview

Throughout the Spring term, 28 schools underwent Ofsted inspections. Of these, 23 schools, previously rated as Good or Outstanding, maintained their high standards. Specifically, 17 schools retained their Good status, while two schools (Crescent Primary School and West Bridgford School) maintained their Outstanding rating.

However, some schools experienced changes in their ratings:

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  • Jacksdale Primary School: Downgraded from Good to Requires Improvement.
  • Abbey Gates Primary School and Walkeringham Primary School: Downgraded from Outstanding to Good.
  • All Hallows Primary School: Downgraded from Outstanding to Requires Improvement.

Improvements and  Challenges

Several schools showed notable improvements:

  • The Suthers School: Improved from Requires Improvement to Good.
  • Gamston St Peter’s CoE Primary: Judged as Good in its first inspection since converting to academy status.

Conversely, some schools continue to face challenges:

  • Samworth Academy: Remained at Requires Improvement.
  • Normanton on Soar and Derrymount Special School: Undergoing monitoring visits due to prior Requires Improvement and Serious Weaknesses ratings, respectively. Both schools have shown progress, yet require further improvements to achieve a Good rating.

Statistical Insights

The report provides a comparative analysis of Nottinghamshire schools’ performance against national standards as of April 30, 2024:

  • Overall School Performance: Nottinghamshire – 90%, National – 89%
  • Primary Schools: Nottinghamshire – 91%, National – 92%
  • Secondary Schools: Nottinghamshire – 82%, National – 84%
  • Special Schools: Nottinghamshire – 83%, National – 91%

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Council’s Support Measures

The Education Improvement Service (EIS) has played a crucial role in supporting local schools. Of the 14 Local Authority maintained schools inspected, 13 received support from EIS prior to and during inspections. Out of these, eight schools, including Walkeringham Primary and King Edwin Primary, achieved a Good rating due to this support.

For schools receiving an Ofsted rating of Requires Improvement or Inadequate, the Council implements targeted or intensive support packages to facilitate improvements. Schools are also sent personalized communications from the Cabinet Member and Corporate Director, either congratulating them or offering further support.

The Council’s efforts are underpinned by the remaining reserves of the Department for Education (DfE) School Improvement Grant. Despite the removal of the grant in April 2023, funds have been allocated to support the ongoing improvement efforts until the end of the 2024-2025 financial year. The Council has a gross budget of £820,000 for the Education Improvement Service in 2023/24.

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