Rowde found to be 'Good' in all areas in recent Ofsted inspection

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/ Rowde CofE Primary Academy
March 28th 2024

Rowde Church of England Primary Academy is celebrating after its recent Ofsted inspection found it to be ‘Good’ in all areas.

Led by Headteacher Alice Simpson, teaching staff were praised for their clear and adaptable teaching, ensuring all pupils understand their lessons.

The inspection, which took place between 20th and 21st February, highlighted the school’s overall ambition for its pupils, emphasizing the school’s focus on attendance to ensure pupils have every opportunity to learn. Although this was the school’s first inspection under Section 5 of the Education Act 2005, their previous inspection had rated the school as ‘Inadequate’. We are delighted that the report showcased Rowde’s dedication to providing a supportive and enriching learning environment.

Over the two days, pupils at Rowde expressed genuine enthusiasm for their learning, demonstrating respect for one another and displaying exemplary behaviour. Rowde’s efforts to instil a belief in success among its pupils have resulted in an atmosphere where learning flourishes, and the inspectors noted that the school’s culture fosters inclusivity and ensures that every pupil feels valued and supported in their educational pursuits. This is reflected by the parents, who were found to be positive about the school and commented on how Rowde helps their children learn and grow.

The report highlights how Rowde puts a lot of emphasis on community and diversity, with pupils actively participating in leadership roles and learning about fundamental British values. The school’s offering of extracurricular activities and educational outings assist in enriching pupils’ experiences and broadening their horizons far beyond the classroom. Utilizing appropriate learning resources and staff knowledge, the inspectors also found the school to be very inclusive, with pupils with SEND learning the same content as their peers.

Acting on published outcomes and supported by Acorn Education Trust, the school was found to have made significant strides in developing its curriculum, which has supported more effective learning by pupils. While the report did note that some areas of the wider curriculum do need further development to ensure comprehensive coverage, it did highlight that Rowde’s focus on reading, mathematics, and phonics has resulted in notable progress among students.

As always, safety remains a top priority at Rowde, with the inspectors finding comprehensive measures in place to ensure the well-being of all. The school’s proactive approach to online safety, and integration of pupils across different age groups, contribute to a harmonious and supportive environment where “pupils feel safe”.

Alice Simpson, Headteacher, commented: “I am incredibly proud of the glowing feedback from our recent Ofsted inspection. It is a testament to the hard work of the whole team over the past few years that we have been able to move from ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Good’ in a relatively short period of time.

“The inspectors commented numerous times on the optimism and positivity within our school; I am incredibly pleased that they highlighted the strong relationships between pupils and staff and the inclusive environment that we have fostered, both of which are very important to me and the vision I have for Rowde.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in the inspection itself, including our parents, staff, Academy Counsellors and children. Onwards and upwards!”

Click here to read Rowde's full Ofsted report