Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

Ofsted visited Pathfield School on the 10th and 11th December 2013. Overall the school was judged to be a Good School.

Ofsted said Pathfield is a good school because:

  • Senior leaders have made sure that teaching is good and an increasing proportion is outstanding. They believe that ‘every moment matters’.

  • All groups of pupils achieve well and make good progress because of the good teaching and interesting curriculum. Some children in each year group achieve exceptionally well.

  • Staff in the Early Years Foundation Stage provide the children with a very good basis to their school life, making rapid progress.

  • The sixth form (post-16) provision is outstanding and prepares students very well for life beyond school.

  • Pupils behave exceptionally well and safely because of the expert attention they receive.

  • Leaders check frequently on pupils’ progress and teachers’ performance. They provide support, guidance and assistance, where required, so that the school keeps on improving

Ofsted said:

It is not yet an outstanding school because:

  • Staff do not always use signing where it is needed to help pupils understand what is being said.
  • In lessons, teaching assistants are not always given sufficient responsibility for tasks such as continually assessing how well pupils are doing against their individual learning targets. In some lessons, pupils do not gain knowledge and skills rapidly because they do not complete as much as they are capable of in the time available

These above issues have been noted and addressed.

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