Ofsted

Ofsted undertook a two day inspection in May 2018 and we are delighted to confirm that we are officially a GOOD school.

 

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
 
This is a good school:

  • Senior leaders and governors have established a school with a clear ethos, ‘everyone inspire, everyone aspire’.

  • Pupils experience a breadth of opportunities and most are working at the level expected for their age. 

  • Governors are focused on continuously improving the quality of education. As the school expands, they need to further refine their approaches to hold leaders to account. 

  • The senior leadership team is highly effective.

  • Due to the current size of the school, middle leadership roles are yet to be fully developed. 

  • The school is well supported by the sponsoring multi-academy trust. 

  • The quality of teaching and learning is good. Leaders and teachers are working together to develop consistency in the approaches to teaching. 

  • Leaders and teachers make effective use of assessment information to help pupils make good progress. They have a clear understanding of pupils’ progress in English and mathematics. However, this is not as well developed in other subject areas. 

  • Phonics teaching is highly effective. By the end of Year 1, almost all pupils are able to use their phonics skills well to help them read. There is a strong focus on developing pupils’ vocabulary and reading has a high profile.  

  • Pupils enjoy coming to school and now rarely miss a day. They are friendly, polite and generally behave very well. 

  • Pupils are safe in school and safeguarding is effective. Pupils know that they can trust the adults in school to help keep them safe if they have any worries. 

  • Teachers have good subject knowledge and generally have high expectations about what pupils can achieve. In some lessons, teaching is not matched closely enough to pupils’ needs. As a result, there is sometimes a lack of challenge, especially for the most able. When this happens, pupils do not make as much progress as they could. 

  • Children in the early years get off to a positive start. Although almost all children make good progress from their individual starting points, the most able could achieve even more. 

  • Teachers and teaching assistants use skilful questioning to develop pupils’ understanding. However, teaching assistants do not always make the best use of time to maximise pupils’ progress. 

  • Leaders regularly review the curriculum to ensure that it meets pupils’ needs. New approaches, such as in mathematics, need time to embed fully to impact on pupils’ outcomes, especially in key stage 1.

 

 

To read the full report, please click on the image below.

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Parent View

To have your say, please click on the Ofsted  link below:

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© 2016 Five Spires Primary Academy

 

Cherry Orchard

Lichfield

WS14 9AN

Tel: 01543 223680

Email: office@fivespiresacademy.co.uk

Remote Learning Contingency Plan

 

Coronavirus continues to be prevalent in the UK and, whilst this situation remains ongoing, Five Spires Academy will endeavor to respond robustly to the challenges it poses to the education of our children.

The school and the REAch2 Academy Trust, will continue to adhere to the latest government, and public health guidelines to minimise the spread of the virus.

 

We truly hope our Fives Spires community stays well. Just to be prepared in case anyone does need to self-isolate and will not be in school for a short period of time, we wanted to explain what will happen and how your child will continue with their education. Firstly, the well-being of your family is the most important thing and we hope that you all remain well both physically and mentally. If you are asked to self-isolate, we do understand that this will be a worrying time. We are still here for you and can be contacted in the normal ways.

What to expect if my child needs to self-isolate

Your child will be able to access the self-isolating learning using their Teams account. All Key Stage 1 and 2 children have log-ins and have been accessing homework through Teams. (Please note that EYFS will have access to learning via Class Dojo).

If you require any assistance with Teams please follow our help guides - see the links at the bottom of this page. 

 

Teachers will provide work that corresponds to their peers and where appropriate, will share links, recordings or PDFs of flipcharts to support home learning. We appreciate that it is unlikely you will have all the manipulatives and resources that we have in school, but please use what you have at home to substitute. 

Please remember that during self-isolation this will mean that your child should:

• Not go to school or any public places and not use public transport or taxis.
• Not go out to get food or medicine; order it online, or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home.
• Not have visitors in their home, including friends and family, except for people providing essential care.
• Not go out to exercise; exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one.

Covid-19 Contingency Plan in the event of Bubble or School Closure

At Five Spires Academy we have put in place a contingency plan designed to minimise disruption to teaching

and learning, in the event of future lockdowns.

Technology to Support Home Learning - Office 365 & Teams

From September 2020, all staff and pupils will have access to Office 365 and the interactive facility of ‘ Microsoft Teams’.

 

In the event of a bubble closure, school closure, local or national lockdown:

 

  • All parents will receive a letter via email to communicate the situation.

  • Teachers will ensure all pupils and parents have the appropriate logins to access work on Teams.

  • Teachers and parents will alert the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to any pupils without access to technology at home so that remedial action can be taken e.g. loan of laptop or i-pad or printable packs of learning.

  • Teachers will upload learning onto Teams. Work will be uploaded into clearly labelled and dated folders for ease of navigation.

  • Teachers will provide a live or recorded introduction to key lessons via Teams, with clear modelled examples of the work expected.  Where possible, worksheets will be kept to a minimum. 

  • Teachers will take into account the different needs of their pupils, including those pupils with SENd, when providing home learning.

  • A weekly well-being check in will act as a ‘live touch point’ with each class.  This will take place via Teams and links shared with parents.

  • Teachers will respond to parent queries within 1 week, unless there are mitigating circumstances e.g. illness

  • Teachers will provide links to recommended online resources to support parents and carers.

  • All pupils will be given a ‘Home Learning’ exercise book to use at home.

 

Please note that in the event of a lockdown, It will not be possible for teachers to provide live teaching across the whole day in the event of a lockdown. This is because teachers working from home during a lockdown will have other family members present that could make this inappropriate; however, short videos or live introductions to learning will be provided for each lesson to support pupils.  These will be provided using the Teams facility. 

 

Where this is not possible, alternative solutions to learning will be given, so parents can effectively support their children at home: for example, Oak National Academy online learning (https://www.thenational.academy/); or, online resources for home education from the DfE (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources).

 

Parent Guide to Using Microsoft Teams

Parent Guide to using Microsoft Teams

 

 

 

Parent Guide to Remote Education

 

 

 

Microsoft Teams Parent Support videos by Netangel.org

“Microsoft TEAMs Support” are videos that cover how to set up Teams on different userfaces, logging in and out numerous TEAMs accounts on the same device, navigation of the App itself and lots more.    

 

 

 

 

Parent Consent for Remote Learning

It is essential that parents / carers complete a Parental Consent Form for Online Sessions as part of our safeguarding procedure.  This will be sent to parents via Forms in the event of a bubble or school closure. 

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