Little Chalfont Primary - Ofsted - Outstanding
Posted 17 November 2011 - 11:39 AM
I hadn't appreciated previously that only 6% of primaries are rated outstanding, so that really does seem like something to be proud of.
Posted 18 November 2011 - 06:58 PM
Posted 18 November 2011 - 07:30 PM
Posted 18 November 2011 - 08:13 PM
My post may have been rather a blunt one, sorry! My daughter was very happy when she was there too, but other things coloured my views as you know! Glad your 2 are settling in well
Posted 18 November 2011 - 08:36 PM
Posted 17 December 2011 - 02:29 AM
I understand Little Chalfont was graded outstanding by OFSTED this week. The report isn't up on the OFSTED website yet.
It usually takes a couple of weeks for OfSTED to upload the report to their website, but I understand that it is there at the moment. Also having said that only 6% of the schools in the country receive outstanding, shows that most of the schools in the South Bucks and Chilterns area are so good, look at schools like Elangeni, Chestnut Lane, schools in Beaconsfield, Elmtree in Chesham, Chesham Bois, Heritage House School, The Beacon School ... all received outstanding in the last 2 years.
Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:19 AM
When you talk to people in other areas who have children at schools not rated outstanding, you realise that most schools are sloppy about even the obvious stuff that ought to be taken for granted. (Cousin - "Since they didn't seem to be bothered teaching my son to read, I realised I would have to do it myself". Friend - "He was already devouring Harry Potter by the shelf-load, but the school persisted in sending him home with Janet & John level material." Friend - "They seem to spend the whole of December doing Christmas specials, so very little 3Rs happens for 3 weeks.")
So you basically really only need actually to do what you are supposed to do to get "outstanding". The reality is that the 94% are at best satisfactory, and most of the 6% are not really outstanding, they are merely competent. But these are not messages that are politically acceptable. As my wife says, there is nothing in her view special about LCPS, it is simply competent, a condition which is rather more common in her country of origin than it is here. It is also fortunate in having a fairly large army of parents able to help out with reading etc, and very generous levels of additional income through the PTA, because of the high income level of the area.
To me, in general, a term like "outstanding" does not imply a quantity like 6%. In most realms of life, the outstanding are down at levels like 0.1%, or even rather less.
Posted 10 January 2012 - 02:20 PM
A little off topic but it reminds me of my daughters' former secondary school (not in Bucks). Their response to bullying was to have a "policy". They didn't actually do anything but that was all right as they had a "policy".
If you read the report, it is mostly about what is technically called management bollocks.