Staff and students at Henry Hinde Junior School can prepare for an exciting new year after being praised by Ofsted for the progress they have made.
In late 2016, the school, based in Bilton, was criticised by the Inspection Team and rated Inadequate. Just two years later, the Inspectors have now found that the school has many good features and has been recognised for the being “brave, determined and successful in dealing with many difficulties facing the school.”
Rachael Allen, Headteacher, said: “This is a very proud moment for everyone associated with Henry Hinde Junior School.
“We have left no stone unturned in our efforts to address the issues raised previously, and I am delighted by the significant strides we have made. For us to secure Good judgements in key areas is testament to the hard work and effort of everyone associated with the school.”
Overall, Ofsted found the Effectiveness of Leadership and Management and Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare to be Good, with Quality of Teaching & Learning and Outcomes for Pupils as Requiring Improvement.
Mrs Allen added: “While it is great to have our progress recognised, the report includes two quotes from the pupils themselves that I take most satisfaction from. To have children telling Ofsted that ‘Everyone cares for you and I love coming to school,’ and ‘Things have really improved, and we are doing really well’, makes everything worthwhile. It shows the sense of community we have at this school.”
In January Henry Hinde Junior School will officially be joining the Transforming Lives Education Trust (TLET), of which Ashlawn School and Henry Hinde Infant School are part of.
The Inspection Team noted that: “the headteacher and assistant headteacher have done well to utilise the support of the new multi-academy trust… They and the trust are now looking forward to the start of a new partnership.”
Mrs Allen added: “This inspection is not the end of our journey, but it is an important milestone in so many ways. It enables us to move forward without an inspection badge we no longer felt represented our school. It also gives us the confidence and ability to really make the most out of the exciting new opportunities on offer with TLET.”
“As I made clear to Ofsted, there is still a great deal for us to do but we are excited about what we can collective achieve going forward.”