09 October 2018
Lindfield Primary Academy has maintained a ‘Good’ rating from the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) following a recent inspection, with a recommendation for a further inspection to consider its potential for an ‘Outstanding’ rating.
Ofsted praised improvements made, stating: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection…the school has demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas. This may indicate that the school has improved significantly overall”.
The Ofsted inspection was the first since Lindfield joined the University of Brighton Academies Trust, sponsored by the University of Brighton, in 2015.
Referring to Lindfield’s Principal, Marcus Still, the report said: “You lead the school with passion and a determination to put the needs of pupils at the heart of your school’s work. You have created a team of enthusiastic and highly motivated staff. There is a strong ethos of ambition and high expectations within a caring and nurturing environment”.
The report also said:
- “The school is a welcoming and happy place to be, underpinned by the school’s values, which include celebration, success, perseverance and respect. There is a calm and orderly atmosphere that encourages high standards of behaviour and very positive attitudes to learning.”
- “Teachers have high expectations and they are ambitious for all pupils.”
- “Parents, carers, governors and leaders from the academy trust have full confidence in the leadership of the school. This is reflected in the comment by one parent, who wrote: ‘The principal and his team are doing a fabulous job engaging with parents to create an encouraging learning environment.’”
The role of the Trust was also commended: “You have improved standards across the school year on year. You have worked closely with colleagues from the trust and the locality to share and learn from good practice”.
Mr Still said: "I am delighted that our ‘Good’ status has been confirmed, and I appreciate the acknowledgement of our progress towards becoming an ‘Outstanding’ school. I want to thank our pupils, staff, local board members, parents and carers for their ongoing support and contribution.”
Dr John Smith, Chief Executive, University of Brighton Academies Trust, said: "I am very pleased with this outcome for Lindfield and the whole school community. I am confident that Lindfield has the potential to achieve an outstanding rating and look forward to the forthcoming inspection.”