Huish Primary: Good

The latest Ofsted report on Huish Episcopi Primary School is published today. The school has been given a “Good” Ofsted in all categories.

The opening paragraph in the Inspection Report summarises it all rather well:

“The current headteacher has made many improvements to this school since she
arrived. The headteacher and her dedicated staff aim to provide the best possible
education for all pupils. Parents and carers are overwhelmingly pleased with the
school. One parent summed up the views of many with the comment: ‘We have
been thoroughly impressed by the headteacher and the staff, all of whom rightly
have tremendous pride in the school.”

The only not so positive note in an otherwise very creditable assessment is of the management of the school. The report notes: “The last few years have been turbulent for the Levels multi-academy trust (MAT). Several changes within the MAT leadership have resulted in a period of instability.
This has disrupted communication between the local governing body and the
trustees. Leaders, including trustees, are aware of the shortcomings of the trust.
MAT leaders have not made appropriate checks on the school leaders’ actions to
bring about improvements. Nonetheless, school leaders have remained determined
and focused on improving the quality of education. School leaders’ aspirations for
pupils are evident in the school’s values and ambitious curriculum.

However there are plenty of hints that things are now moving towards a better place. The observation that is perhaps more relevant is this: “Staff morale is high. Staff say that leaders always consider their well-being. Teachers at the start of their careers are well supported by more experienced colleagues.”

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