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Excellent Ofsted Report for Simonside

Simonside Primary has just received a wonderful Ofsted report! Well done to Louise Thompson (HT), Julie West (DHT), Neil Pont (CoG), their staff and pupils. All aspects of provision are good or better!


This means that all of our OWL Trust schools are good or outstanding currently. The report is a delightful read all round. It states that the headteacher, deputy headteacher and governors are ambitious for the school and work effectively as a team to bring about continuous improvement. They have been successful in creating a culture of high expectations in which good teaching, learning and behaviour flourish’.


Similarly, staff are praised for their hard work, effective practice the team work between teachers and teaching assistants. It states that: the quality of teaching ensures that pupils make good progress with their learning’.


The relationship between pupils, parents and the school also appears highly positive. One parent stated, the teachers are always very approachable and have really helped my children do their best.’


Neil Pont should be proud of his team of governors at Simonside. Their work is highly positive all round. The inspectors indicate that:  governors have an accurate view of the school. They bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the governing body. They are committed and dedicated to supporting and challenging the school to continue to improve’.


It should be noted also the report contained some positive mentions for our Trust work with the PE collaboration featuring highly: ’Physical education (PE) and sport funding is used effectively to raise staff expertise in the teaching of PE’. Similarly, our Trust competitions and tournaments were also referenced.


Inspectors also stated that ‘the school benefits from good support from the local authority. It has assisted senior leaders and governors in establishing a rigorous monitoring and evaluation system as well as delivering professional development in line with the school improvement plan. In addition, the Outer West Learning Trust, a network of 10 schools including Simonside, have helped support senior leaders in monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of teaching'.


A brilliant effort from Simonside! Well done  the leadership team - Louise Thompson, Julie West and Neil Pont but also the whole staff, pupils and school community.