Ofsted Trust Review July 2017
The quality of education in the trust's schools is improving rapidly
Leadership and management have been judged good or outstanding in all schools inspected since joining the trust;
High expectations, robust challenge, strong levels of accountability and well targeted support are leading to rapid improvement in individual schools
Inspection of trust schools since September 2016 found increasingly strong progress, particularly in English and mathematics and often from starting points which are typically low
Differences between the outcomes for disadvantaged pupils and others with the same starting points are diminishing
Schools have access to expert assistance to financial and legal matters, human resources and premises management. School leaders value this effective support highly
Safeguarding has a high priority across the trust. The oversight of safeguarding in schools is strong. Arrangements for child protection are effective
Recent School Ofsted reports
Langstone Junior Academy Ofsted Report December 2021
Langstone learners are taught to be thinkers, to be resilient and reflective.
There is a strong ethos of empowering children to reach their full potential and to respect others.
A committed headteacher, deputy headteacher and other leaders have strengthened the curriculum over recent years, while carefully considering staff workload and wellbeing. ‘I cannot recommend this school highly enough. It is wonderful’.
Highbury Primary School Ofsted Report December 2021
The school really focuses on building the children as good people. Children get off to a strong start in nursery.
Leaders ensure that all staff prioritise developing children’s communication skills.
Staff give children opportunities to listen to songs and rhymes and to play games. This helps to improve their listening skills so that they are ready to learn to read.
Leaders have developed a positive culture that enables pupils to flourish.
Langstone Infant Academy Ofsted Report December 2021
Pupils’ behaviour across the school is exemplary. Everyone understands the school’s rules and sticks to them.
The ‘swan values’, such as ‘gentle’ and ‘honest’, guide pupils to be active and responsible citizens.
As one parent wrote about staff, ‘I trust staff completely with the welfare of my child’.
Staff help pupils, including children in early years, to be able to name and recognise their feelings. As one pupil told the inspector, ‘If you feel frustrated or wiggly, you can have a drink of water, take deep breaths or count to three’.
Leaders and trustees make sure that their actions support teachers’ workload and wellbeing.
Oakmoor School Ofsted Report October 2021
Pupils conduct themselves well and live up to adults’ high expectations of behaviour.
Leaders have made sure that the curriculum is well planned and sequenced. They have worked with colleagues within the Trust to ensure that the curriculum builds on what pupils learn at primary school.
Staff value the support they receive and leaders’ concern for their workload and wellbeing.
Parents praise the support the school provides, including during the recent pandemic.
One parent comment reflected those of many: ’The teachers have been amazing throughout COVID lockdowns. My daughter has been supported throughout’.
Arundel Court Primary Academy Ofsted Report October 2021
Pupils broaden their horizons. Many of them take part in the creative, sporting or cultural activities the school offers. As they get older, they develop high aspirations for the future, supported by a strong understanding of how to achieve their goals.
Pupils achieve well from early years through to the end of Year 6.
Teachers, leaders and teaching assistants work as a team to make sure pupils with SEND learn, achieve and thrive.
Leaders expect all pupils to leave at the end of Year 6 being able to read and to enjoy reading. Leaders prize learning to read as fundamental to pupils’ success. Well-trained staff target pupils’ specific needs from the early years onwards.
Pupils work hard in lessons, showing a strong desire to succeed. They are polite, often greeting each other and adults happily and with a smile.
Knowledgeable trustees and governors make sure that leaders manage staff workload extremely well. Staff are incredibly positive about how they are supported in creating and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Leaders expertly balance staff well-being with a relentless focus on improving pupils’ learning and lives.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Staff are trained to accurately identify any potential issues promptly.
Kingsham Primary School Inspection Report January 2020
Pupils are proud of their school. They enjoy learning and rise to staff's expectations of them .
Pupils behave well in class and are prompt to follow instructions. They listen well to each other and adults.
Leaders ensure that the curriculum is broad and interesting.
Children get off to a great start in Reception. The early years leader has a clear vision and has made sure the curriculum is well planned. As a result, the children are enthusiastic learners . Activities are carefully planned to build on what children know and as a result, they stay at their chosen activities and learn well .
The trust is highly ambitious for the school. Trust leaders know the school's strengths and weaknesses. Staff value the training they receive from the trust and are appreciative of the well being group.
Court Lane Junior School Inspection Report December 2018
Pupils receive a good education"
"Pupils learn about many interesting topics. The curriculum is rich and varied"
"Teaching and learning are good and improving quickly. Professional development opportunities, wisely used, have helped develop teachers well"
"Governors work closely with leaders and trustees. They support and challenge leaders wisely
Court Lane Infant School Inspection November 2018
The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection"
"Pupils say they love coming to the school. They talk openly and enthusiastically about their learning and their enjoyment of lessons and playtime"
"Pupils described their school as 'brilliant, fantastic and fun'."
"The vast majority of parents are overwhelmingly positive about the caring and positive ethos at the school
Governors and the University of Chichester Academy Trust have an in-depth knowledge of the school's work
Berewood Primary School Ofsted Inspection Report 2017
"Outstanding leadership is a strength of the school."
"The impressive curriculum provides a wealth of opportunities that inspire pupils to learn"
"Pupils are happy and confident in the school's nurturing environment"
"Parents are hugely supportive of the school. One comment, typical of many stated: I cannot recommend this school highly enough. Above all else my child is very happy here, and is learning really well"
"The Trust assist leaders extremely well. They provide strong support and challenge that further enhances the school's effectiveness
Fernhurst Primary School Ofsted Report July 2017
This is a good school"
"The quality of teaching is good and improving"
"Pupils across the school make good and improving progress and achieve well, particularly in reading and mathematics"
"Pupils behave well and are happy. They are well cared for and kept safe by adults"
"Numerous extra-curricular activities and clubs are available for pupils"
"Chichester University Academy Trust provide highly effective support and challenge to school leaders