Knighton Fields Primary Academy Judged to be ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Children and staff at Knighton Fields Primary Academy are celebrating after Ofsted has once again rated the school “Good”, recognising its continued success.

The inspector described how the school’s leadership team has “maintained the good quality education in the school since the last inspection”. They also praised Principal, Jenny Slinger and the leadership team for having “a detailed and accurate view of the school”. This had “ensured a more consistent approach to teaching and learning” and had “increased accountability”.

The glowing report, which followed a one-day inspection carried out in May, noted that the strong leadership team had “ensured that staff have higher expectations of what people can achieve’” at the school. It described Knighton Fields as “bright and welcoming,” where pupils “love coming to school”.

Inspectors also highlighted the school’s positive culture where pupils “behave well and are courteous and polite to one another and to adults”. They noted that as a result, pupils “are extremely proud of their school”.

The letter went on to praise the teaching and learning of the school’s most able pupils, stating that they are “challenged through activities and this ensures that pupils are keen to achieve the highest standards possible”.

The school, which is part of The Mead Educational Trust (TMET) was previously rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in February 2016. The latest inspection once again confirms the success of the school, which continues to be on a strong upward trajectory.

This excellent report follows the school’s great success in last year’s SAT results with pupils achieving the best results in the school’s history. Seventy-one percent of pupils achieved the expected level at the end of key stage two in reading, writing and mathematics (the national figure is sixty-four percent).

The report highlights a number of other key areas:

  • The school is committed to raising standards through “monitoring children’s progress” that “ensures early identification of those needing additional support”.
  • The school has a strong culture of safeguarding with staff seeing “safeguarding as everyone’s responsibility”.
  • Strategies for improving attendance have been very effective, “…a rigorous and effective approach,” has demonstrated a “whole school commitment to improving rates of attendance”.

Jenny Slinger, the Acting Principal of Knighton Fields Primary Academy said, “I am delighted that Ofsted have recognised all the excellent work going on here at Knighton Fields, and that now we can continue on our drive to being outstanding. I was so proud to read how enthusiastic our children are about their learning, which is a credit to all of the hard work and effort given by our committed staff team”.

Carolyn Robson, Chief Executive Officer of TMET said, “We are so pleased that the high quality of education at Knighton Fields has been confirmed by OFSTED. We look forward to supporting the school in their journey of continuous improvement”.

16th May 2019