Welcome to our school
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN CLEDFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL
Cledford is an inclusive primary school with a reputation for a personalised approach to learning for every pupil, including social and emotional education. Our teachers are kind and positive in their interactions with children and we invest in relationships as the cornerstone of good learning. The '3Rs' at Cledford are Respect, Responsibility and Resilience and we teach these values to our pupils every day. You can find out more about our character education, including 'SUMO' 'Growth Mindset' and 'HEARTSMART' in the 'about us' section of the website.
At Cledford we are committed to enabling every child to learn to speak well, to read and to write with understanding and to be able to use mathematics in context and to solve problems. We call these basic skills our 'non-negotiables' and we teach them, systematically, every day. We have high expectations of what can be achieved and we believe in the power of practice.
We are proud to be an 'artsmark gold' school and of our tradition of using the arts to ignite learning.
We have a proud sporting tradition at Cledford too. Our staff are skilled practitioners and are passionate about active lifestyles and school sport. Pupils enjoy a wide range of opportunities both in lessons and in after school clubs.
We have a saying at Cledford - 'we don't just admit children; we admit families'. Our commitment to family support and to parent partnership is a strength; we know the value of working together to help children succeed.
If you would like to see the school in action we would be proud to show you our happy, successful community. Please ring the school office to arrange a visit.
A J Booth, Federation Headteacher
The school was subject to a short (one day) inspection on 27th November 2018. Mrs Denah Jones, a secondary maths specialist, visited the school; she was accompanied by one of her majesty's inspectors (HMI) for quality assurance purposes.
Following the inspection the school retained its current judgement of 'good', including an 'outstanding' grade for both behaviour and safety and for leadership.
The inspector praised the school's values, pupil behaviour and relationships between pupils and staff. Good leadership was noted, including safeguarding pupils and supporting as well as challenging staff.
Parents described teaching and learning in the school as 'excellent' and expressed their appreciation of the ‘holistic approach the school takes towards children’s wellbeing as well as academic progress’.
The inspector expressed her concern about pupil absence. She praised the extensive work of leaders to encourage good attendance and to tackle persistent absentees but noted that 'pupils’ attendance continues to be below the national average, and the proportion of pupils who are persistently absent, although reducing, is still above the national average'. Ofsted have asked the school to make improving attendance a priority.
The inspector noted a fall in the proportion of Y6 pupils meeting expected standard in 2018 and has asked the school to ensure that recent initiatives to improve standards in writing and maths are sustained so that all pupils achieve well. She also asked the school to further develop the role of new subject leaders in the wider curriculum so that they 'have an even greater impact on improving teaching, learning and assessment in their subject area'. Mrs Jones asked leaders to review the school's action plan so that targets are more measurable.
You can read the letter resulting from the short inspection below.