Dear Parent / Carer
Please find the final version of our Ofsted Report 2013 following our recent inspection over the 12th and 13th June 2013. This report is also accessible on the Ofsted website at www.ofsted.gov.uk. I do hope that you find the report to be helpful, interesting and informative.
As I am sure you are aware, this is our first inspection under the new framework, which is far more rigorous and demanding a process than previously. Many local schools inspected under this new framework have found that the bar has been raised considerably, which is possibly reflected in the number of very good and sometimes outstanding schools across the country which have been placed in a category to improve under the revised framework.
Given this context, we are very pleased indeed with the findings of the inspection report, which reflects very accurately our own rigorous self-evaluation of the school over recent years. In some areas, Ofsted increased the judgements we had made about ourselves, which is always very gratifying! The report reflects a very good school with many outstanding features which is continuing to move onwards and upwards. The direction of travel is clearly towards becoming an outstanding school overall again in the next two or three years and we have only one key point for action to address in order to achieve this. Given the demands of the new inspection framework, this will be a considerable achievement and I can assure you all that work is already well underway to ensure that this ambition will be secured in the near future.
In the meantime, and on behalf of all the staff, I would like to thank you most sincerely for the excellent support you gave the school during the inspection process. The overwhelming responses to the on-line Ofsted Parent View surveys were extremely positive. 96% of parents stated that they would be happy to recommend the school to another parent, and the responses in each of the categories were very positive and supportive. Many thanks as well to those parents who took the trouble to send in additional letters and emails of support to the inspection team; these were duly presented to the lead inspector with a real sense of pride that our most important stakeholders – our parents – were confident in supporting the school with such positive feedback.
I have already taken the opportunity to thank the students for their support of the school during the inspection in a whole school assembly. The students were outstanding not only in their exemplary behaviour, but also in the overwhelmingly positive feedback they gave to the inspection team about Langtree. You have every right to feel very proud of them indeed. This positive attitude has endured since the inspection, and there is a real sense of optimism about the future around the school at the moment. Long may this continue!
I have always said that the views of the school which are most important to us are those of our parents and students. In this respect, the positive support we have had from you all is very much appreciated and welcomed. Langtree remains the first choice option for many members of our local community and we have been heavily oversubscribed again this year.
As Ofsted has said of us, we continue ‘to look to the future with barely contained excitement’, and we are extremely optimistic and positive about meeting and achieving the challenges and ambitions which we have set ourselves for the future. I am looking forward to working with your sons and daughters – and indeed yourselves – to ensure that Langtree continues to go from strength to strength over the coming years.
Mr R Holroyd – Headteacher