Knockhall Primary School Celebrates Positive Ofsted Report
Staff and pupils at Knockhall Primary School in Greenhithe have received a positive Ofsted report, highlighting the continued improvement of the school.
Inspectors rated the school Good for both the Personal Development of its pupils and the effectiveness of its Leadership and Management, which has driven the changes at the school. Inspectors also commented on the sustained progress made since Woodland Academy Trust took over the running of the school in 2017, noting that Knockhall now “is on the right tracks.”
Since the school joined Woodland, the Trust has supported Knockhall in every area, dealing with historic financial issues and long-term lack of investment in the school, staffing issues, SEND issues, and declining results.
Woodland has since changed the leadership model at every level to support teaching and learning across the school and staff morale is now much higher, with a turnaround in retention and sickness rates. Woodland has also invested significant funding in the school, including bidding for and winning £1 million to replace an early years building and investing in resources for classrooms and the library.
The school’s leadership was rated Good thanks to changes made to develop a broad and balanced curriculum, which has demonstrated that “leaders want the best academically for all pupils.” Inspectors recognised that leaders have ensured “that pupils have lots of opportunities to grow and develop as people too,” with extra-curricular activities including an edible garden project, charity fundraising and a therapy dog.
Other key areas of success highlighted in the report included:
• The personal development of pupils promoted by the school. This was rated Good due to preparing children for life through initiatives such as teaching ensuring early years children know how to share and cooperate and that older pupils learn about different people, religions and cultures.
• How Woodland Academy Trust “is ambitious for all pupils” and is “helping to raise everyone’s expectations of what pupils can achieve.” This is particularly focused on improving the life chances of disadvantaged pupils.
• The dramatic improvement in behaviour in the short time a new behaviour strategy has been in place and how “pupils feel safe” at the school.
• How some pupils “are genuinely enthusiastic about the books they read” due to investment in resources for the school library and classroom book nooks.
Since the school joined Woodland, the Trust has spearheaded the drive to improve the school with its vision to provide a rich and balanced educational environment which caters for the whole child, whilst raising aspirations and standards.
Dan Morrow, Chief Executive of Woodland Academy Trust, said: “We are delighted that this Ofsted report confirms the journey of improvement we are on whilst demonstrating the extent and pace of change that has already been achieved. We will continue to prioritise vital improvement work at Knockhall to remain on track to ensuring the school is Good in every area, providing every child with the education they deserve.”
Suky Tiwana, Head of School, Knockhall Primary School, said: “We are especially proud of the recognition of how our entire school community has really come together, and we thank all of our parents, staff and children for their support as we continue this journey together.”