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Ofsted Reports


Our first Ofsted as an amalgamated primary school took place on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th July 2017 - we were judged as an OUTSTANDING school in all areas.

A full copy of previous Ofsted reports can be found by clicking the links opposite and our latest report is there also. Read and enjoy!!

A huge thank you to staff, governors, parents and children for their support and hard work.

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Ofsted has awarded Thorpe Hesley Primary School an impressive report, judging the school to be ‘outstanding’ in all of the five categories assessed. 

The school is led by Head Teacher Trudi Toms, recognised for creating “an inspiring environment for all.” Schools are assessed on leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils, and Early Years provision. To be awarded the top ‘outstanding’ category, the school must provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs, and leave them well equipped for the next stage of their education. Thorpe Hesley was heaped with praise, securing the ‘outstanding’ rating in each of these areas, confirming the school’s self-evaluation.

Ofsted supported the view of the Head Teacher, that ‘there is a tangible feeling that teachers and teaching assistants love their jobs!’ Pupils weren’t left out – the ethos of the school was evident, as Inspectors noted that ‘pupils’ behaviour is excellent. Their attitudes to learning and the pride they take in their work are exemplary.’  The Foundation Stage team already have a very positive reputation within the locality and Ofsted paid tribute to this. ‘Children get a fabulous start to school life in the early years. An extremely stimulating, highly organised environment, rich with learning opportunities for all children, supports them in making strong progress.

 Thorpe Hesley Primary School is home to 520 pupils, over 60 staff and 14 Governors, working with children from  3 to 11 years old, and their families.

The report applauds the school for its drive to reach the exceptional standard it has now achieved. Being so close to the end of term, the Inspectors recognised that pupils on their last day continued to embody the school’s values and exemplify excellent behaviours.

Head Teacher Trudi Toms is thrilled with the judgement, which is a result of a three year journey from the amalgamation. “We are a very happy family and have worked hard to develop a successful school which is an integral part of our community. We have amazing and dedicated staff and governors, supportive parents and pupils who love to come to school and enjoy challenging and creative learning. There was no show for Ofsted – they saw us as we are, and it feels fabulous to have our beliefs confirmed. We are so pleased that Ofsted recognised the success of the amalgamation, highlighting our united teamwork and our realisation to create a primary school to be proud of.” She added that she was not surprised that the report had been so impressed with the behaviour of pupils in the school. “‘We know our children are fabulous and it is wonderful to have that recognised by an outside agency.”

Staff feel that the creative and challenging curriculum across all subjects is a real strength of the school and again, Ofsted recognised this. ‘A dynamic curriculum gives pupils opportunities to shine and make strong progress across a wide range of subjects.’ ‘Staff are highly motivated and have strong subject knowledge. Their excellent teaching and high expectations have a direct impact on strong pupils’ outcomes.’

The local authority has contacted the Head Teacher to offer congratulations. Staff at the inspirational school are happy that their team spirit has been singled out in the report. A delighted member of staff pointed out that the reason the school is so successful is that everyone loves to come to work – it’s a great place to be. Now Ofsted have confirmed that! 

The school Governing Body was admired, with the report stating that “Governors demonstrate the same passion and enthusiasm for their roles as school leaders.” Inspectors commented the huge contribution governors provide to the school and community on a voluntary basis, noting the ‘tenacious support and challenge” provided.  It said governors “know the school well and make frequent checks on the effectiveness of leaders’ work to improve pupils’ outcomes. Governors take time and care to celebrate pupils’ achievements and make sure they communicate well with parents.’ 

Kerry Hattersley, Chair of Governors said she was incredibly happy with the report and thanked everybody involved in making the school the success it is. She added: “This remarkable achievement comes as no surprise to those involved in the school, as it supports the view of governors and parents that there can be no better start for our children. The rigorous nature of the inspection framework means that we can take great pride in the outstanding rating.”

Staff at the Rotherham school; amalgamated three years ago from the previous Thorpe Hesley Infant and Junior Schools, are delighted to receive the report from their first visit on 13 and 14 of July 2017, just one week before the end of term. The report on the larger than average school was glowing, confirming that ‘on entering either of the two school buildings, there is immediately a taste of the high-quality curriculum on offer to pupils.

The inspection also recognised the part parents play in the success of the school. Comments from Ofsted include, ‘Parents are highly supportive and positive about the school. Effective communication means that they know what their children are learning and that they are making excellent progress. Most importantly, they say, their children are very happy.’ The school say this supports the positive outcomes of recent Parent Surveys where 99% of respondents had said that they felt welcome and were encouraged to be involved in their child’s education in the school.

The report made just one suggestion for development and this in an area that is already underway. The report, and the ratings, reflect the school’s unofficial motto – that they are ‘the best school in Rotherham, and indeed the world!’

The full report can be accessed below.

File icon: pdf Thorpe Hesley Primary School Final Report 2017 [pdf 261KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Thorpe Hesley Junior School Inspection 2012 [pdf 211KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Thorpe Hesley Infant School Inspection 2008 [pdf 244KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Thorpe Hesley Childrens Centre Inspection 2012 [pdf 208KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Thorpe Hesley Infant School Interim Assessment 2011 [pdf 132KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Thorpe Hesley Junior School Interim Assessment 2010 [pdf 52KB] Click to download