Ofsted & SIAMS

The school was last inspected by OFSTED in November 2023 and by SIAMS in February 2024.  These reports can be found at: www.ofsted.gov.uk  and www.churchofengland.org  or click on the links below.

Ofsted Nov 2023:

Pupils at Tushingham With Grindley Primary School are polite and articulate. They enjoy learning and attending school. Pupils described their school as a place where everyone is ‘friendly’ and ‘kind’. They are happy in school.

Pupils follow the ‘Tushingham Way’ by living out the school’s values of respect, generosity, compassion, perseverance and forgiveness. These values help to shape pupils’interactions with each other and with staff.

The school has high ambitions for what all pupils, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), can achieve.

Pupils are eager to take on roles of responsibility in school. Pupils enjoy presenting their knowledge to others. For example, members of the school council relished delivering a recent assembly where they shared what they know about influential Black women as part of Black History Month. 

The school has carefully organised the curriculum from the Nursery class to the end of Year 6. Learning in the early years prepares children well for key stage 1.

Staff are knowledgeable about the subjects that they teach. Training and resources provided by the school help staff to deliver the curriculum effectively, including in the mixed-age classes. Teachers regularly check that pupils remember what they have 
learned from previous lessons.

Reading for pleasure is an intrinsic part of the school’s curriculum. Pupils experience a wide range of high-quality texts. Pupils enjoy reading. They eagerly recount the plots and characters in books and stories that they have enjoyed.

The school is quick to identify the additional needs that some pupils have. Teachers skilfully adapt their delivery of the curriculum to meet the needs of these pupils. Pupils with SEND access the same aspirational curriculum as their peers.

The school provides a wide range of opportunities to enhance pupils’ wider development. For instance, pupils enjoy visits to cathedrals and museums. They are proud to represent the school in sports competitions. Pupils learn to respect and embrace differences between themselves and others. Regular opportunities to learn outdoors help to develop pupils’ awareness of the environment. Some pupils take part in an award that enriches their leadership skills.

Staff are proud to work at this school. Staff described the school as like a ‘family’. They feel well supported 
and valued.

Governors provide the school with an appropriate level of support. They challenge the quality of education that the school provides for all pupils. 

Ofsted 2017:

'Teachers are highly knowledgeable and teach lessons that are very well planned, challenging and interesting.  By the time pupils leave Year 6, attainment in English and mathematics is above the national average.'

'Teachers have high expectations of their pupils' behaviour and attitudes to work, which lead to excellent progress.'

'Pupils are highly confident and articulate.  Their behaviour is exemplary, both in class and around the school.  They show superb attitudes to their learning.'

'Leaders provide a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum that enables pupils to gain deep knowledge, understanding and skills across all subjects and year groups.'

'Governors are clearly highly ambitious for the school.  They have very strong relationships with leaders, other staff and pupils, and make frequent visits to ensure that they maintain an excellent view of standards.'

'Teachers ask questions that are highly effective in encouraging pupils to think deeply about their learning.  They challenge pupils from all groups, including the most able, to explain their thinking, and provide activities that extend and deepen their learning.'

'Pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities receive excellent support.'



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