The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (who are more commonly known as Ofsted) inspect and regulate academies and schools throughout England.
Merritts Brook Academy continues to be a ‘Good’ school – Ofsted 2019
- The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection. Staff show passion and determination to ensure that every pupil gets the best possible start to their school life and can ‘believe, aspire and exceed’.
- The Headteacher has considerably revised the school’s curriculum with the aim of broadening and deepening pupils’ knowledge.
- Children make strong progress across the early years and achieve well at the end of Reception. Pupils’ outcomes in the Year 1 phonics screening check are above the national average.
- The majority of parents are happy with the progress that their children are making and feel pupils are well behaved.
- There is an effective culture of safeguarding in the school and ‘no stone is left unturned’ in relation to securing children’s welfare. Pupils said that they feel safe in school, a view that is shared by parents.
- Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities are well supported and make good progress from their starting points.
- The pastoral team is effective and provides relevant and timely support for parents and families as well as pupils.
- The great majority of pupils enjoy school and attend regularly. There has been a renewed focus on improving attendance since September 2018. As a result, attendance has risen in all classes and reduced the proportion of pupils who are regularly absent.
- There has been a new approach to the teaching of reading across the school. This includes a focus on improving pupils’ reading fluency and encourages pupils to read more frequently at home.
- Across the school, most pupils have frequent, meaningful opportunities to write in a range of different styles and contexts. Where necessary, pupils receive additional support to help them access texts and resources appropriate for their age.