Over the past 3 years our leadership has experienced 8 successful Ofsted or HMI visits.
Our most recent school improvement success, as executive headteachers, was at St. Michael’s, Playden CEP School, in May 2016. We moved a school that had been rated inadequate by the Local Authority to a school deemed to be good in all areas by Ofsted. This feat demonstrates the detailed and effective working knowledge we have of the Ofsted process. It also shows that we have an effective working knowledge of how to improve schools in a short period of time. The Ofsted letter stated:
"In a short space of time you have instilled confidence in both staff and parents to support school improvement because you visibly uphold your own high expectations of others."
"You have quickly improved the quality of teaching across the school."
We believe in a colleagic approach to school improvement, where simple and agreed systems for teaching, learning and assessment are embedded.
This process has been successful in a range of local schools over the last few years:
St. Michael’s, Playden
Hurst Green CEP School
Northiam CEP School
All Saints, Sidley
We have supported ten ‘New to Post’ Headteachers, in many areas of school improvement. Our feedback from this programme has been overwhelmingly positive. Significantly, two of these schools; Fletching and Stonegate, have moved their Local Authority categorisation from requires improvement to good in four terms. Our vision is to establish a happy and stimulating environment in which each child is helped to realise their full potential and where they acquire the discipline, motivation, and persistence necessary for high-quality achievement.