In January 2023, Stedham Primary School welcomed a monitoring visit from Ofsted. This was an ungraded inspection which shows that there is no change to the school's overall judgement of good. The rigorous process involved visits to class, meetings with pupils, staff and governors. As a result of the inspection, strengths were clearly visible around the school community, quality of education and the commitment from staff, pupils and parents.
Pupils are happy and proud to attend this small, nurturing school. They feel safe and say, ‘It feels like belonging to a family as everyone knows each other.’ Pupils behave very well.
Parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive. They say how well the school supports their child’s well-being and interests. Pupils benefit from a range of opportunities that enrich their learning.
Leaders have established a creative and ambitious curriculum for all subjects. From early years, senior leaders have identified the most important knowledge that they want pupils to learn and the order in which it will be learned. Leaders have recently refined their approach to identifying and supporting pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Teachers have also recently received training in how to adapt the curriculum further, so that pupils with SEND can learn well.
Leaders place a high priority on reading. Children in early years get off to a flying start in developing their reading skills. They receive phonics lessons from the first week of school. All staff are well trained. They inspire a love of reading in pupils. The school benefits from having a children’s author on the staff team who reads their own books to pupils. The new library is a relaxed place for pupils to read quietly. Pupils are encouraged to read at home regularly. They enjoy receiving reading rewards in assembly to celebrate the number of books they have read.
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