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Primary school in Wealdstone praised in latest Ofsted report

Belmont School has been rated ‘Good’ in its latest Ofsted inspection, conducted on the 12th and 13th of March, 2024.

The school, located on Hibbert Road in Wealdstone, previously held an ‘Outstanding’ rating.

The inspection report highlights several strengths across the school. The quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, leadership and management, and early years provision all received ‘Good’ ratings. The school’s personal development was rated ‘Outstanding’.

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“Pupils are proud of their school and are keen to embody the school’s ethos: ‘Show respect, do our best, make the right choice’,” the report states. It notes that “Pupils are taught how to stay safe and how to ask for help when they need it. Pupils learn how to care for each other and their community.” This nurturing environment ensures that “pupils, including children in the early years, are well looked after and kept safe.”

The school provides a variety of enriching experiences for its pupils. “Children in the early years visit the forest school each week. Older pupils are involved in fundraising initiatives that promote important causes such as disabilities and anti-racism.” Students have opportunities to develop their leadership by serving as “‘eco warriors’, ‘digital leaders’ and as representatives on the school council.”

Belmont’s curriculum is praised for being “ambitious and carefully designed to match the breadth and depth of what is expected nationally.” The school also promotes a love of reading, where “avid readers are rewarded using the school’s ‘golden tickets’.”

The report provides specific examples of curriculum achievements: “In science, younger pupils are introduced to different food types, and they consider life cycles by planting their own seeds in the school’s vegetable patch. They apply this understanding in design and technology by making their healthy wraps using their own seasonal produce. By Year 6, pupils create their own three-course meals and evaluate the environmental and nutritional benefits of their food.”

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Addressing recent challenges with reading, the report notes, “In recent years, pupils’ achievement in reading has been less strong than is the case nationally. Leaders have rightly prioritised this area and have put training in place to support staff in the teaching of phonics and reading.” Pupils begin the school’s phonics programme in Reception and those who struggle are “quickly identified and given support.”

The report also commends the school’s provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), stating, “Teachers understand the needs of pupils with SEND. This is because systems are well established to identify pupils’ additional needs. Leaders work with external agencies to ensure that training for staff is effective.” The ‘Stargazers’ provision and ‘pathways’ curriculum are noted for being “carefully tailored to their needs.”

The wider curriculum for pupils’ development is described as “exceptional.” It ensures that pupils develop an understanding of “important concepts such as democracy, equity and injustice.” They also deepen their spiritual understanding through various programmes, and “readily take on additional responsibilities and apply the values they have learned around the school as prefects and ‘peace leaders’.”

The report describes the overall behaviour of pupils positively: “Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. There is a respectful culture among staff and pupils. This is because expectations and routines are typically applied with consistency. Bullying is rare, and pupils feel able to raise concerns if they need to.”

In terms of staff support, the report mentions, “Staff, including those at the early stages of their careers, are typically positive about the help they receive from leaders. For example, staff are able to access the well-being support on offer, including access to the school counsellor.”

The safeguarding measures at Belmont School are found to be effective, with the report concluding, “The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.”

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