Robsack Wood Primary Academy celebrate its latest ‘Good’ Ofsted rating

The University of Brighton Academies Trust are delighted to share that Robsack Wood Primary Academy has been rated ‘Good’ after their recent Ofsted visit in early March. The Ofsted report celebrates that “pupils are happy at school where they feel safe and are eager to learn.”

It was emphasised in the report that “leaders, governors and trustees have a strong moral purpose” where they “prioritise improving reading, encouraging high attendance, and looking after pupil and staff well-being.” This highlights how integral they are to delivering our Trust mission into the school as the report clarifies that “they are passionate about providing high-quality education for all pupils and particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.” As the pandemic may have caused a spike of worry and anxieties in children, it was particularly promising to see that this East Sussex school values sharing their worries and do so anonymously. It was noted that “when pupils are worried about something they write notes in the ‘worry box’ or the ‘ask it basket’ in their classrooms. Teachers then give advice on issues that pupils are worried about.” Doing this anonymously allows those who may be less confident to share their worries, but also teaches children to realise that they are not alone providing a wholesome sense of togetherness.

Incorporating inclusivity is a key value at the school. Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are provided with the appropriate and necessary support required to deliver the best education possible. The report noted that “teachers appropriately adapt the curriculum for these pupils, and staff provide carefully designed support. Leaders ensure that those pupils with SEND who require more specialist help have access to external professionals.” The personal development of all pupils is apparent and clearly effective where it was recognised that “pupils are enthused by the various incentives on offer to them at school. Those who are recognised as positive role models to others are awarded certificates at the end of the term in ‘celebration’ assemblies.”

Caroline Thayre, Executive Principal at Robsack Wood says “we are delighted to share the outcome of our recent Ofsted inspection with our school community which is a testament to how amazing our pupils are and how much they respect and value our school. Our staff team are committed and passionate about supporting our pupils to be successful and confident learners with high aspirations. It is a privilege to lead such an inclusive, creative, and exciting school.”

Dr John Smith, Chief Executive of the Trust concluded by saying “I whole-heartedly congratulate Robsack Wood Primary Academy on achieving their ‘Good’ status in their latest inspection. Ofsted recognised that our staff feel valued and they believe that our “leaders are approachable and supportive” and find “opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from other schools in the Trust very useful” which is fantastic to hear. I was confident that Robsack Wood was providing brilliant education and a positive school experience for our pupils, so the report has left me feeling immensely proud approving that we are indeed achieving excellence together.”

Congratulations Robsack Wood!