After a 3-day inspection (16th-18th October, 2018) by a two-person inspection team, SIAL was rated Good with Outstanding features by Ofsted.
We have come a long way since being awarded ‘Satisfactory’ (now ‘Requires Improvement’) in 2012, then ‘Good’ in 2015.
Indeed, this is a very strong result and we are especially delighted to be awarded Outstanding for such important aspects as:
- Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
- Personal development, behaviour and welfare
- Outcomes for pupils
Please find below a selection of quotations taken directly from the final Ofsted report of October, 2018:
QUALITY OF TEACHING
There is equally excellent support for those for whom English is an additional language, as there is for pupils who speak little Italian. As a result, pupils catch up quickly with their peers, and make outstanding progress across the curriculum.
The routinely outstanding teaching enables pupils to make substantial progress.
Teachers use ongoing assessment information to plan challenging activities that meet the needs and interests of pupils.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, BEHAVIOUR AND WELFARE
As pupils move through the school, they grow in self-esteem. They master at least two languages, moving seamlessly from one language to another.
Leaders place pupils’ welfare at the heart of their work.
Through the curriculum and many enrichment activities, leaders take highly effective action to promote pupils’ personal development.
OUTCOMES FOR PUPILS
With their excellent attitudes to learning, and outstanding outcomes, pupils are extremely well prepared for the next stages in their education either in England or Italy.
Pupils gain deep knowledge across a broad range of subjects.
EARLY YEARS PROVISION
Typically, children join the early years with skills typical for their age. There are, however, some fluent Italian speakers who are at the early stages of speaking English as a second language, and vice versa. Children make strong progress in all areas of learning. They are well prepared for entry into Year 1.
The list of reasons we were not awarded ‘Outstanding’ overall is not a long one and we are very clear on what is required to address these and quickly:
|Area for development||Response|
|Improve early years provision by making better use of the outdoors for promoting children’s learning.||Plans are being put in place and funds committed to enhancing this provision.|
As for where the, “Governors have not ensured that the school meets all the independent school standards,” please note the following actions that were taken immediately:
|Area for development||Response|
|Although governors have been checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), inspectors found that the new chair’s certificate had not been countersigned by the Secretary of State.||We made the application for this
countersignature during the course of the inspectors’ visit and are currently waiting for the updated certificate to be sent to us.
|Showers are provided for pupils aged 11 years or over at the start of the school year who receive physical education.||Plans are already in place and funds committed to installing a purpose-built shower in the 156 building.|
Inspired by the fine achievements acknowledged in the report and with the areas requiring development already in hand, our aim now is of course to build upon our past and current success and to continue to inspire a passion for knowledge, to stimulate the personal interests and abilities of each student and to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment where they are encouraged to fulfil their personal and academic potential.
SIAL is a truly bilingual and bicultural environment with the children at the heart of everything we do.
You can read the full Ofsted report here.