Whilst there are many ways to measure how 'good' a school is, there are perhaps three main ways to gain an external insight: performance data, OFSTED Reports and Parent Surveys. Information about each can be found below:
A detailed description of our most recent statutory outcomes can be found in the 'Our Results' section. This outlines the school's recent success in achieving above the national average in most academic measures: something that we are very proud of.
This data is used in the following websites for parents to make direct comparisons between schools within the local area and wider: www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk
The Government has announced that it will not publish any school or college level educational performance data based on tests, assessments or exams for 2020, and has outlined accountability arrangements for 2020/21. Further information on what this means for the way school and college accountability will operate for 2019/20 and for 2020/21 can be found here.
Although Performance Data provides a yearly measure of how the pupils are progressing, our school focus is far more than just academic success. An OFSTED inspection is a two-day examination of everything that we do in school and the quality of this provision.
In recent years, these have been shortened but they still provide an overall rating in key areas and some further insight into the approach taken. Our last inspection took place in February 2020 with the key findings as follows:
|The quality of education||Good|
|Behaviour and attitudes||Good|
|Leadership and management||Outstanding|
|Early years provision||Good|
The school was very pleased with this latest assessment of our progress towards being an exceptional school and we would encourage you to read the full report which outlines the progress we have made and the next steps that we need to take. This can be accessed here .
Previous OFSTED reports for when North Wootton Academy was a community school can be accessed on Ofsted’s website here.
A external measure of performance is the opinion of those parents whom already have pupils within the school. A formal method for this feedback is obtained through 'Ofsted Parent View' which looks to gain feedback on 12 key questions:
It is also the main mechanism for parents to give their views about our school to Ofsted at the time of an inspection.
Parent View is a series of 12 questions to gather your views about your child’s school:
- My child is happy at this school
- My child feels safe at this school
- My child makes good progress at this school
- My child is well looked after at this school
- My child is taught well at this school
- My child receives appropriate homework for their age
- This school makes sure its pupils are well behaved
- This school deals effectively with bullying
- This school is well led and managed
- This school responds well to any concerns I raise
- I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress
- Would you recommend this school to another parent?
Once a school has a sufficient number of responses from parents and carers, results will be published in percentages in easy to understand graphs.
They can be viewed by schools, parents and carers and the general public on the Parent View website.
As the results for each school are saved at the end of the academic year, they can provide headteachers and governors with a useful year on year picture of parents’ views.