Owslebury School Governors Comment on 2013 Ofsted Report

Winchester’s ‘hidden gem’ of a school has been given a glowing report by Ofsted after a
two-day inspection.

The Inspector praised Owslebury Primary School for its positive ethos that encourages pupils’ mature behaviour in lessons and around the school.

He also highlighted Headteacher Mrs Elena Ponsen’s ambitions for the school:

“The headteacher’s very clear vision encompasses both high achievement and well-rounded
personal development for pupils. This vision is widely shared, as is shown by the unanimous expression of pride in the school by all respondents to the staff questionnaire. The new deputy headteacher works in close support of the headteacher to realise their ambitions for the school.”

Owslebury Primary School, is just 10 minutes from Winchester, and is a small school with huge grounds including a large playing field overlooking the South Downs.

The report said:

“Pupils are currently achieving well. By the end of Year 6, their attainment has historically been above average, particularly in English. In Reception, children make good progress in almost all areas. Teaching is well planned and organised. The level of challenge for pupils is good because of the close match of tasks to the needs of the different groups in the classes with wide spans of age and ability.”

It added:

“Almost all parents are highly supportive of the school and its leadership. One described it as a ‘hidden gem’.”

Other key findings

  • Pupils’ current good progress is the result of consistently good teaching.
  • The relationships between pupils and teaching and support staff are notably good.
  • Teachers plan and organise lessons well. Tasks are effectively matched to the different groups, which ensure well-judged levels of challenge.
  • High expectations are set for pupils and for staff. At the half-termly progress meetings, each pupil’s performance is reviewed against appropriately challenging targets. Where underperformance is identified, additional support is provided.
  • A developing strength is the extent of parental engagement through improved communication, termly workshops and the extent of their involvement as parent helpers and in extra-curricular provision.

Chair of Governors Sally Curtis said:

“As we know, Ofsted inspections have become much tougher and everyone at Owslebury has risen to that challenge. Our Headteacher and the staff team are dedicated to providing the very best for our pupils, and this was reflected in the report. The school was given one key action point to accelerate pupils’ progress in mathematics so that it matches their more rapid progress in reading and writing.”

Owslebury’s Mini School is open every Monday at 2.50pm for pre-school taster days. Contact the school for more information.

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