Ofsted - Our Story

 

“This is a wonderful school. My children are very happy here and love learning. If only you’d open a secondary school as well!”

“The school has got so much better in the last five years!”

Parent conversations with Governors, November 2021

 

Goldfinch Primary School was established on 1 January 2019 as part of the Dunraven Educational Trust and has not yet been inspected by Ofsted. 

 

"The school is in a good position in terms of being ready for Ofsted. The visits to classrooms and examination of books indicate that teaching and learning are good… Leaders at all levels are providing good leadership"

Wandsworth Local Authority School Review, April 2021

 

Our predecessor on the same site, Eardley Primary School, was inspected in March 2017.

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Eardley School was already aware of some of these problems and Ofsted recognised that improvements were being seen, but there was much work to be done. Ofsted made two follow-up monitoring visits, in Sept 2017 and June 2018, to assess progress. At the second visit, Ofsted concluded that the school was “taking effective action towards the removal of special measures.” Receiving the reports triggered many changes and accelerated our transformation. Goldfinch Primary School was born and all our energies have been to make it an excellent school for all our children.

We are looking forward to welcoming Ofsted for the first time to show them our Goldfinch best.

 

“Mrs Haston and the staff are amazing. We can always talk to them, and we are so grateful for their support during the pandemic. The online teaching and their regular contact was essential.”
Parent conversations with Governors, November 2021

 

Journey of Improvement since March 2017

When Ofsted visited in 2017 they made several recommendations for improvement, grouped into three areas. Our key actions since are detailed below.

Ofsted March 2017 Action No 1: “Improve the effectiveness of leadership and management”

 

“All leaders show thoughtful ethical leadership.”

Independent Review (Vanessa Ward), December 2020

 

Goldfinchsept21 2651Since March 2017 the school has been on a rapid improvement journey. The Head of School, Mrs Emilie Haston, was confirmed as the new Headteacher and the school joined the Dunraven Educational Trust’s family of schools. We were renamed and a new Local Governing Board was established in 2019. Work continued throughout to raise the quality of teaching and pastoral care.

 

 

“The drive to continue to improve is being maintained at pace by senior leaders and with good support from middle leaders and the Trust. The visit indicates that the school has moved a good way forward since its last monitoring visit with greater stability in staffing and a cohesive staff team who are working towards the same, clear goals.”

Wandsworth Local Authority School Review, April 2021

 

New teachers have joined and we are proud to have an exceptionally high quality group of staff, both teaching and non-teaching. The quality of education has improved for all children. We are strong in our support for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). There is an ethos of openness and working together, supporting one another to do the best possible job for all our children and families.

 

“Pupils have returned to school very ready to learn and are pleased to be back. Behaviour is very good and pupils are well focused and engaged in their learning right across the school.”

Wandsworth Local Authority School Review, October 2021

 

The Trust’s Chief Executive, a National Leader of Education and Lead Inspector for Ofsted, and our Governors, including a former headteacher, regularly visit the school. Annual targets are set and reviewed. Independent assessments are carried out regularly with visits by an experienced Link Inspector from the Wandsworth Local Authority and an external independent advisor. These are reviewed by the Headteacher with the Governors, Chief Executive and Trustees. As a result, we are confident that our school is a very good school.

 

The school is in a good position in terms of being ready for Ofsted. The visits to classrooms and examination of books indicate that teaching and learning are good, and give a picture of sustained improvement. Leaders at all levels are providing good leadership to continue the school’s journey of improvement.”

Wandsworth Local Authority School Review, April 2021

 

Ofsted March 2017 Action No 2: “Improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment”

Goldfinchsept21 2523We have raised the outcomes for children at all ages, now being in line with or above national averages for EYFS and KS1. We have made positive progress from KS1 to KS2 in reading and maths.  Progress in reading, writing and maths are all now graded as in line with national averages (2019 data). This is a major improvement from the results in 2017 and before.

 

 

“There continues to be a good focus on reading, including phonics, and writing including through the wider curriculum. Leaders are keen to ensure that all subjects have a well-established curriculum in place which teachers deliver confidently. Joint learning walks across the school indicate that subject leaders are making good progress towards this. Pupils are well engaged and actively involved in their learning. Overall, there is a positive and co-ordinated approach to implementing the wider curriculum. ”

Wandsworth Local Authority School Review, October 2021

 

Pupils are well engaged and actively involved in their learning. Overall, there is a positive and co-ordinated approach to implementing the wider curriculum.

Wandsworth Local Authority School Review, October 2021

 

Despite the pandemic, our education and support work never stopped nor were our ambitions for our children reduced.  The quality of teaching in our school is at least good throughout.

 

“Pupils have returned to school very ready to learn and are pleased to be back. Behaviour is very good and pupils are well focused and engaged in their learning right across the school. The school has identified that the disruption to learning as a result of Covid lockdowns has impacted most on writing and in particular in slowing down the progress of pupils with EAL, especially in relation to use of tenses and grammar. This is being addressed through quality first teaching and additional targeted support.”

Wandsworth Local Authority School Review, October 2021

 

 

 

Ofsted March 2017 Action No 3: “Improve the provision for children in the Early Years”

Goldfinchsept21 2457We have created an environment that provides opportunities for exploration, creativity, and challenge. Children are encouraged to be autonomous and independent in their learning whilst following their interests and passions. The team work hard to establish excellent behaviours for learning and encourage a love of learning through their carefully planned provision. Children have access to a brand-new, fully refurbished outdoor learning environment and our spacious, well-resourced indoor learning environment gives children the space that they need to develop the necessary skills to be inquisitive, curious and motivated learners. Our children are happy, excited and proud.

An experienced and qualified team, work in collaboration to ensure a safe, stimulating and challenging environment for all children whilst providing them with opportunities to socialise, explore their feelings and emotions and deepen their language skills.

The proportion of children reading at a level considered appropriate for their age has risen from 35% to 75% in the Early Years. The introduction of a new whole-school approach to teaching literacy, has enabled staff to teach early reading and writing and help develop key literacy skills for every child.

Working in close partnership with our families to identify next steps in learning and providing early intervention ensures that our children get the best possible start to their education.

 

“The learning environment in the early years is good and adults are engaging well with children to support their learning and development.”

Wandsworth Local Authority School Review, October 2021

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