Dear Parents/Carers,

Here is the link to the report from the school’s inspection by Ofsted in May 2019, St Osyth Church of England Primary School Ofsted Report. 

The key judgements can be summarised as:

  1. The school has improved a lot, since its last inspection, because of the actions taken by the headteacher, deputy headteacher and local governors.
  2. The headteacher, deputy headteacher and local governors have a clear and accurate view of the school and what needs doing next to further improve the school.

To support parents and carers having a good understanding of the report I mention that:

  • The terms ‘New Senior Leaders’ and ‘Senior Leaders’ are part of Ofsted’s ‘house-style’ and refer to the headteacher and the deputy headteacher.
  • ‘Leaders’ refers to all leaders – headteacher, deputy headteacher, subject leaders and leaders of specific areas.
  • Any inspection is an assessment at that moment in time and thus not a statement about the quality of provision a week later, term later and so on.
  • The term ‘Requires Improvement’ is what Ofsted used to describe as satisfactory.

For me, some of the particularly encouraging judgements include:

Governors and senior leaders are bringing about rapid improvement. They have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and know well what needs improving. Pupils are happy, polite, sociable and courteous. Leaders place a high priority on keeping pupils safe. Pupils say they feel safe.
Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and those who are disadvantaged are supported well to attend school so that they can access their learning with increasing confidence. Grammar skills are taught effectively. Most pupils are using a wide range of punctuation and applying grammar skills well by the time they leave the school.
Leaders ensure that teaching staff are accountable for the progress pupils make. Leaders set high expectations and rigorously monitor the quality of teaching and learning. A school focus on developing pupils’ number and quick recall skills has ensured that pupils are far more confident in tackling more complex problems.
There is a strong focus on developing pupils’ vocabulary across the school and in key stage 2 in particular. This has successfully transferred into pupils’ writing, which is generally of a high standard The new leadership team has an accurate view of the school and a clear understanding of pupils’ needs. Leaders have capacity to improve the school further.
The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good. All pupils spoken with said that they are happy and well cared for and enjoy learning. Staff are proud to work at the school. They are positive about the many changes that have taken place to improve the school.

School leaders and I are improving the way we share things with you (parents) about the effective work that we do at St Osyth. To this end we will now run parent forums each half term. As well as having a theme each time these allow parents to express their opinions and ask questions of senior leaders. Dates and times of these are announced on newsletters.

Like inspectors, I have seen St Osyth improve a lot in the last three years. I am confident that school’s senior leaders and local governors will continue with the current fast pace of improvement. You may wish to know that in the verbal feedback, the lead inspector shared similar views and said that the next period-of-time for the school was looking very exciting and positive.

I thank you, all the staff and the local governors at St Osyth for their continued hard work for the benefit of the children.

Yours sincerely,

Mr J Crane,
Chief Executive
The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust

June 2019.