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The school was inspected by OFSTED in April 2023. OFSTED judged: The school REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT

What Ofsted said about our school:

 Holywell is a friendly school. Pupils enjoy coming to school. They feel safe, and they enjoy playing with their friends. Pupils know what bullying is. They trust staff to deal with issues if they occur.

Pupils have a strong understanding that everyone is equal. They play their full part in making Holywell a welcoming school. They are kind and supportive in helping new pupils to settle in. Pupils learn about rights and responsibilities. They put what they know into practice to make a positive difference to their community. Pupils take on responsibilities such as becoming school councillors or house captains, as well as carrying out activities like litter picking.

Leaders have high ambitions for pupils. They learn from a curriculum that interests them. However, the quality of education they receive is not consistently good.

Most pupils have positive attitudes to learning. They listen carefully and follow instructions. Most pupils behave with respect and tolerance.

As a school we are determined to and are focussing on the priorities identified by Ofsted:

  • Teachers are adapting strategies to provide pupils with sufficient opportunities to develop their phonics knowledge or practise their reading. This will enable all pupils to make rapid, secure progress to become fluent readers. Leaders are focussed and provide training and guidance to ensure that all staff support pupils to develop fluency with reading effectively.
  • Teachers are developing their knowledge in all subjects and on how to consistently adapt the curriculum well enough to meet the needs of all pupils. This will help pupils from learning and remembering some important subject knowledge. Leaders are supporting all staff to have strong subject knowledge and expertise to teach all subjects well and adapt the curriculum to meet pupils’ needs.
  • Leaders are developing and reviewing systems to ensure the whole school community have consistently high expectations of pupils’ behaviour. Low level disruption is not accepted that disturbs pupils’ learning. In addition the school is working with families to support some pupils with their behaviour. Leaders ensure that staff know, understand and consistently apply leaders’ high expectations for pupils’ behaviour.
  • Leaders’ monitoring of pupils’ behaviour and how well the curriculum is delivered is being developed. Leader work hard to monitor and evaluate all aspects of the school’s provision effectively so that they understand pupils behaviour fully.


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