Track record

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
Local Authority graded Inadequate to Our Ofsted - Good (May 2016)
Hurst Green CEP School
Previous Ofsted Requires Improvement to Our Ofsted - Good (Nov 2015)
Northiam CEP School
Previous Ofsted Special Measures to Our Ofsted - Good (Dec 2014)
All Saints, Sidley
Previous Ofsted Requires Improvement to Our Ofsted - Good (March 2015)
Westfield School
Previous Ofsted Good to Our Ofsted - Good 2014

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.


A clear, accurate picture

The session with staff on using the milestones assessment system was extremely useful as staff now feel ready to begin using it to assess their pupils and inform their teaching. The support Kevin is providing is enabling me to have a clear, accurate picture of where the school is, based on data, and is giving me the confidence to implement… Read more “A clear, accurate picture”

Fletching CE Primary School

Helpful support

Once again the support from Keith and Kevin has been helpful, support during today’s appraisal was really appreciated. The OFSTED information will be helpful in pulling together the required information in a manageable format.

Rotherfield CE Primary School

Reassuring and extremely helpful

This was another very useful visit from Orthus. Both reassuring and extremely helpful in giving pointers forward to keep our progress going. It was particularly interesting doing the book look together and having some “outside eyes” looking at them in detail. I look forward to the next visit.

Rocks Park Primary School

Whole team really came together

Thank you so much for the session last week, I learnt so much from the coaching and your expertise. I just wanted to say thank you again for all of the support and advice you have given me this year – your expertise has pointed me in the right direction and has allowed me to develop the areas that really… Read more “Whole team really came together”

Stonegate CE Primary School

Headteacher mentoring

Feedback from headteachers has been overwhelmingly positive about the support.  Both practical and enabling.  Headteachers have valued the support and challenge as they begin their headship careers.

Local Authority