Friday, 20th June 2014
Dear Parents and Carers,
We are writing to let you know about some of our recent successes at Marish. Please find attached a separate sheet which outlines our Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 results for 2014, which have just been sent off to the Local Authority this week following moderation. These results are very impressive and exceed the national averages in all areas. For those of you with children in Reception and Year 2, your child’s individual results will follow in their reports in July. We are just finalising Year 1 Phonics screening results this week and these, along with Key Stage 2 SATs results for Year 6 also look very promising and will be included in reports for children in Year 1 and 6 and sent out to you once available.
You will be aware that the school had an Ofsted Inspection on 7th and 8th May and the report from this visit, which was received this week, is also enclosed with this letter. Whilst it acknowledges a few of our school’s many strengths, the focus of the new Ofsted framework, is much narrower than has previously been the case and has focussed on the attainment of pupils in 2013 and not taken full account of current progress as discussed above. As a result, it judges the school to have serious weaknesses and to require significant improvement, which is very disappointing.
The school leadership and the governors, whilst agreeing that further improvement is necessary, believe our results this year show that most children and year groups are making above average progress, with many achieving the highest possible standards for their year group. We have therefore complained about the report and the conduct of the inspection team. However, Ofsted do not accept challenges to judgements and have published the report with relatively few changes, regardless of outstanding complaints. We will therefore treat the recommendations for improvement seriously, despite reservations about how they were arrived at and some remaining inaccuracies in the report.
Ofsted has acknowledged that the Governors and Senior Leadership of the school have the capacity to deal with the required improvements. Let us assure you, that we know that Marish does, and always will, require ongoing improvement, to ensure that we are making the best possible provision to meet the changing needs of your children. We acknowledge that there was a dip in results last year and that we have had some ongoing staffing issues in Years 3, 4 and 5 this year. To address this we have taken early action to secure a full complement of teaching staff for September. This has been a challenge, but we are thrilled to announce that we have a complete team of teachers for September 2014, for the first time in four years. Please find attached a staffing structure for September at Marish which shows which teachers are in which year groups. Your child will get to find out which class they are in on class ‘swap over’ day in July.
You will notice some teachers are missing from this structure: Miss Rooke has secured a promotion and is moving to work nearer home; Mrs Quinton is returning to Ryvers, where she used to teach before Marish and Miss Clayton, (bet you’ve noticed), is expecting another baby in September and so will be on maternity leave next year. We are sure you will join us in thanking Miss Rooke and Mrs Quinton for their commitment to Marish and wish them every success in future. Miss Clayton will be back in due course, never fear.
We are pleased that Mrs Denham is back at Marish on a full time basis, this half term as her part time secondment to Foxborough ended on the 31st May. She will consequently remain as full time headteacher at Marish in the future. Marish continues to be a good school, striving towards being outstanding. This is in no small part due to the positive partnerships we have with our families. We look forward to your continuing support.
Mr D Kitchener,Chair of Governors and
Mrs H G Denham, Executive Headteacher Marish Academy Trust