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Does Annecy keep its previous OfSTED judgement, now that they are part of the Bosco CET?


The school inspection handbook explains that when a school becomes an academy, the predecessor school is closed and a new school is established. The academy is legally a new school.


OfSTED confirm that previous judgements do not carry over when schools become academies. However, we know that families consider the last OfSTED inspection of a school, when considering where to send their child. This is why we have looked to address the key areas highlighted in our previous OfSTED inspection of September 2017.


OfSTED Inspection - September 2017


Leaders, including governors, have not ensured that tracking of pupils' progress is accurate. Consequently, leaders do not know how effective their actions to improve the school are, or how well pupils are doing.


Visit from Local Authority adviser - September 2019


Leaders can now confirm that they have an assessment system that is reliable and accurate. This will enable governors to fulfil their strategic role. This system has been tested through extensive moderation with local schools and through the Bosco Trust. Teacher assessment is also checked through a bank of well-known national tests.


OfSTED Inspection - September 2017


Leaders, including governors, have not made sure that additional funding for disadvantaged pupils is used successfully to speed up these pupils' progress.


Visit from Local Authority adviser - September 2019


The pupil premium report is well written and details how funding has been allocated to disadvantaged pupils. It identifies barriers to success, the desired outcomes and the success criteria. There is evidence and a rationale for the choice of action or approach and a review point identified. It is clear that the funding is now being properly used to support disadvantaged pupils in the school.


OfSTED Inspection - September 2017


Pupils’ progress, currently and over time, is variable, particularly in writing and mathematics, and for the most able pupils.


Visit from Local Authority adviser - September 2019


Recent data confirms that pupils are making better progress since the last OfSTED report. On the last OfSTED visit, the combined score for Key Stage 2 pupils in reading, writing and mathematics was 43%. It is now 71% at the expected standard. Assessment is now used wisely to inform planning and there is evidence that pupils that are more able have made good progress this year; disadvantaged pupils have made improved progress since the last OfSTED report.


The 2019 data indicates that there has been improvement in the teaching of phonics throughout the school. The ‘Read, Write Inc’ programme, funded by the Department for Education has been very successful. There has been a 32% improvement in outcomes in Year 1


OfSTED Inspection - September 2017


Teaching is not consistently effective. Information about what pupils know and can do is not used well to plan learning that meets different pupils’ needs.

Visit from Local Authority adviser - September 2019


Teaching is now judged to be 100% good at the school. In lessons seen on visits, teachers work hard to identify misconceptions and they are expected to teach threshold concepts carefully so that pupils can make progress. This is particularly evident in the ‘Read, Write Inc’ programme and in mathematics teaching. The new curriculum has the capacity to make links across the curriculum and put learning into a context. A bank of resources is already available for staff to use. 


OfSTED Inspection - September 2017


In key stage 1, phonics teaching is not of consistently high quality. Too often, pupils spend time on activities that are too easy or too hard and so do not help them to learn.


Visit from Local Authority adviser - September 2019


There has been an improvement in Year 1 phonics. Last year, 52.6% of the Year 1 cohort attained the expected standard; this year it is 84.6%. This is above the national benchmark and fulfils one of the OfSTED key issues from the last OfSTED inspection. Boys have improved their performance strongly by 47% and girls by 10.7%.


OfSTED Inspection - September 2017


Learning across the curriculum is variable. There are insufficient opportunities for pupils to apply their writing and mathematics skills in other subjects. 


Visit from Local Authority adviser - September 2019


There is an ambitious curriculum in place. It is at an early stage of its development in some subject areas but it is coherently planned for the year and properly sequenced for learning for all. (Curriculum overviews, presented on the adviser visit, July 2019, website, September 2019). The curriculum has a global emphasis and is related to British migration over the last 2000 years. It is designed to equip pupils with the ‘social and cultural capital’ they need to succeed in later life.


The headteacher plans to improve further the quality of the curriculum by developing the role of middle leaders. He has successfully raised expectations throughout Key Stage 2 and has appointed staff with specific expertise (for example in the EYFS) to raise expectations in other key stages


OfSTED Inspection - September 2017


Communication with parents is not always effective. Staff and parents do not always work closely together to help pupils learn.


Visit from Local Authority adviser - September 2019


The parental survey, completed in the last academic year indicates that parents are now pleased with the work of the school. Parent View indicates that 100% of parents would recommend the school. There were 102 responses. 


We look forward to welcoming OfSTED back to our school and also invite you to come and see our school for yourself.


To book a visit, please call 01323 894 892 or email office@annecy.org.uk 

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