Ofsted report 2023

Dear parents and carers, 

I have pleasure in sharing with you the judgments from the school’s recent Ofsted inspection. 

I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised all the excellent work that is going on here at Elmhurst Junior School  and what a special place our school truly is. The Ofsted inspection was thorough, robust and rigorous and really did scrutinise all areas of school life.

I would like to share how proud we all were of the children over these two days. They were extremely polite and courteous and the inspectors commented on how welcoming and respectful the children were. They were very impressed! 

The school was judged Good  in all areas. 

The quality of education was judged Good

The behaviour and attitudes of the pupils was judged Good

Pupils’ personal development was judged Good

Leadership and management of the school was judged Good.

As you know the school was previously judged as Requires Improvement at the last two inspections and the school is to be congratulated on its all round improvement.

The inspectors commented at the end of the inspection that Ms Airey’s strong leadership had turned the school around, and all the staff are to be congratulated for their hard work and commitment in moving the school forward.

All inspections leave the school with areas for improvement and both were areas that the school was already focusing upon. 

The school must ensure that there is consistently high-quality teaching of phonics, so that pupils learn to read well.

Leaders should ensure that the use of assessment is effective in all subjects, so that pupils develop detailed knowledge and skills.

The full report will be available for you to read on the OFSTED website during the school holidays but a link to this will be shared with you via School Dojo and the school’s website.

I would like to thank those parents who shared with inspectors their views on the school and I know you would like to join me in congratulating all the staff. Their hard work, teamwork and shared belief in all that the school does was clear for the inspectors to see.

Well done.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope the holidays are all that you wish for

Hazel Callaghan

Chair of Governors

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