Red Oaks Primary School in Redhouse was given a glowing report on its progress after an inspection in early October.
In the letter sent to each child, lead inspector Anne Wright thanked the school for the warm welcome. She wrote, ‘you, and many of your parents and carers, are right to be proud of your school because it gives you an outstanding education. As a result of these opportunities you really enjoy school and make progress.’
The report found the school’s overall effectiveness and capacity for sustained improvements to be outstanding, with excellent support for deaf pupils and those with learning difficulties. It draws particular attention to the progress years 3 to 6 are making in maths, the high quality provision for vulnerable and more able pupils and the excellent leadership being shown to make the school even better.
It highlights the pursuit of excellence at all levels of the school and the high expectation and passion displayed by leaders to raise levels of attainment for all learners.
The inspectors conclude that Red Oaks has outstanding capacity to build on current strengths and wants to see attainment raised to above average levels by challenging more able pupils especially in maths, and ensuring all pupils know how to improve.
Chair of governors Eileen Parker said the report was a fantastic endorsement of headteacher Terri Menham’s philosophy. “It’s a true reflection of what you find at Red Oaks. We have an inspirational headteacher and marvellous staff team who are committed to making it a lovely school for the children.
“It doesn’t matter what their role is, everybody’s contribution is recognised, and it shows in children’s attitudes: they are excited to come to school because they get such a tremendous buzz from learning. You can feel it throughout the school.”
Terri said she was pleased that the inspectors highlight how central pupil’s learning and progress is at Red Oaks. “Children are totally involved in their education and what they say is valued by adults. A school has to be about putting in a huge team effort and I am so proud to work with a dynamic group of people and fantastic children.
“The education journey is never complete and we are totally committed to raising the standards we set ourselves and responding to the improvements set for us by the report.”
Red Oaks balloon launch on 9 November to celebrate the Ofsted report. Bottom, Teri Menham at the centre of the action