The secrets of how an Allenton head teacher won its first ever ‘good’ rating.
A school is celebrating after transforming itself from “inadequate” to “good” with the help of a new headteacher.
Allenton Community Primary School’s Jon Fordham took over in November 2013 after it was slated by Ofsted inspectors.
Now after receiving its new rating, Mr Fordham has paid tribute to the hard work of teachers and pupils in turning the school around.
He says that the secret was to “raise the aspirations of children” and “increase the expectations of the staff” .
He brought in a set of rules, dubbed “the Allenton Way”, for all the staff to follow and help understand what is expected of them.
Mr Fordham says it was important for him to prove that you can encourage a student to get to the best possible level, no matter what their background and especially in Allenton.
He said: “When I came here, I noticed there was a strong feeling that the quality of teaching definitely wasn’t where it should be because we are in Allenton.
“I wanted to make sure I changed that, which is why I brought in our motto: ‘We care that our children understand, believe in and achieve their full potential.'”
The school asked children to believe in four key values – toughness, cleverness, thoughtfulness and exchanging ideas.
It describes these as the four “superheroes” – resilience, resourcefulness, reflectiveness and reciprocity.
Students and staff are asked to use them every lesson to help them learn.
Back in 2013, the school was placed in special measures after Ofsted inspectors judged it to be inadequate in all areas,except behaviour and the safety of pupils.
Mr Fordham came in as a deputy head teacher but was promoted to run the school after the previous head teacher, Julia Tiley, left.
In 2014, the school converted to academy status, which took it out of local authority control and give it more independence.
It was taken over by the Transform Trust, a group of academy schools based around the East Midlands.
Mr Fordham said: “I think becoming an academy has allowed us to do far more, such as working with other schools in the trust to collaborate and improve ourselves, including our teachers.
“We have a coaching model at the school where we can reaffirm with teachers what they can do to make sure pupils get the best possible from their students.
“Being an academy has allowed us to do these things and to use resources available to us as part of the trust we are in.”
Students from the school’s council also said they enjoy the systems that have been brought in.
Connor Massa, nine, said that “the teachers are kind and they help you try to understand something, whatever happens”, and Anna Aziz, 11, added: “If you struggle, teachers will try to help where they can and they make sure you know what you learned in the lessons.”
The newest Ofsted report praises the leadership of the school, saying that “the head teacher is determined” that all pupils do the best they can.
It also notes the good teaching at the school compared to 2013’s report, which said that that teachers “did not match work well enough to pupils’ needs or plan carefully enough”.
Inspectors did point out in the current report that “pupils are not always challenged by their work” as “teachers’ expectations are not consistently high”.
Teachers don’t always follow the school’s doctrine by the letter, according to the report, but Mr Fordham has said that will soon change.
He said: “We now know what we have to do so when the next inspection comes, we can hopefully work towards an outstanding rating.”
Click here to read the article in the Derby Telegraph
On Wednesday 18th October Transform Trust held their inaugural Go For Gold Run Fun Run at Colwick Park, Nottingham.
Our Trust schools completed laps of the park, receiving wristbands for each lap that they completed. Transform Trust engaged the support of School Sport Nottingham and Aquinas Recruitment to deliver a fantastic event which was enjoyed by children and staff alike across the Trust.
It was a resounding success and saw children determined and focused and also encouraging and supporting not only their peers from their own schools but from all schools across the Trust. It was a truly inspiring morning thoroughly enjoyed by all! We were very lucky to have a visit from ‘Turbo’ from Astroworld who proved to be extremely popular with all of the children.
Our CEO, Rebecca Meredith, was on hand to offer words of encouragement to all children as she set them off in waves around the park.
It was an absolutely fantastic event and one that will now firmly feature in the Transform calendar as an annual event. Well done to all involved, what a brilliant day!
You can find a write up by the Nottingham Post by clicking here.
for Rosslyn Reading Recovery Programme
Staff and pupils at Rosslyn Primary School were celebrating the success of their latest group of Reading Recovery pupils at a special assembly last week.
39 children were enrolled on the programme in September 2104, at that stage all reading level 1 books. Throughout the year they have worked hard with their ECaR teachers, Angela Hollick, Janice Bush and Rebecca Czabaniuk to achieve some excellent outcomes.
Over the course of 12-13 weeks all of the children spent an extra 2.5 hours/week reading in school. This was supplemented at home with extra reading. Parents were invited to attend a special meeting in school at the beginning of the programme to help them support their children.
All of the children had improved their reading, on average making 4.3 sub-levels progress. The children within this group advanced between 8 and 21 book levels.
“We are delighted with the results from this particularly large group of pupils. At the beginning of the programme the children find it very difficult, but their hard work and perseverance pays off as they have seen some significant improvements in reading ability.” – Rebecca Czabaniuk.
Rosslyn plan to continue with this programme, currently in its second year to support attainment in literacy. Huge congratulations to this fantastic team for their success and commitment to improving outcomes.