Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 29th January 2024

It feels like a long time ago that Ofsted visited Ravenswood, but we have now received the final report. You can have a good read by clicking on the ‘Our School’ tab and then the ‘Ofsted’ tab on the school website, or you can visit Ofsted’s own website.

We are very happy with the report. The visit was what Ofsted call an ungraded inspection. These happen when a school is already “Good” and Ofsted have no cause for concern. It is the job of the inspection team to check that the school remains “Good”. If, during the inspection, the team decide that they may want to regrade the school, then they give the school notice and return for a graded inspection. The result of our inspection was that we remain a “Good” school. Hurrah!

The inspectors have left us with two areas for improvement, as they always do. They are firstly to continue to embed the new White Rose Maths scheme, which we have started to use this year and secondly to continue to develop the planning for our children in Nursery and Reception. We were well aware of both of these areas for development and will be happy to work on them. It was great that the lead inspector was aware of the good work in these two areas. She noted that, “In early years, children settle into school quickly. They are sociable and happy. They follow clear routines and access a welcoming learning environment.” She said that the maths curriculum “is clearly sequenced with small steps of learning identified.”

The report reflects our lovely school and I was delighted to see that it acknowledged the excellent relationships between all members of the school community. It was good that they thought our curriculum was broad and ambitious and that “pupils enjoy learning because it is interesting and relevant”. Thanks to all families who gave feedback to the inspection team across the two days and special thanks to our governors who gave up lots of their own time to support the school.

In other news…

We had two very different nights of football at the start of the week. Our Year 5 and Year 6 boys’ teams played in the RGS Floodlit Football competition. The Year 5s were winners on Monday, winning all or their games and not conceding any goals, but the Year 6s found the opposition a little tougher on Tuesday. Well done to both teams.

This year, Mrs Carr has developed a group of Young Interpreters at Ravenswood. These are children who speak two different languages and we use them to help other children to settle into life at our school. They do a great job and really enjoy this responsibility. On Thursday, they had a brilliant trip to Scotswood Gardens where they did lots of activities around the theme of 'welcome' and working together. The children made dens, made 'welcome' bunting using natural paints and created clay and wooden ornaments to make a welcoming space. Well done to them all for representing Ravenswood so well.