Our last OFSTED inspection took place in March 2019. We were immensely proud of the school during the inspection; as usual, the children were superb, the staff equipped themselves very well, and we couldn’t have asked for better support from parents. The work the children, staff, governors and parents have put into making real improvements in every aspect of the school has been tremendous. The inspector was highly impressed by the children’s pride in their school and how well they demonstrated the relationships which we all feel are so important to giving this school its unique qualities.
It is disappointing, then, for the school to be judged overall as Requires Improvement. It is important to note that many of the comments relate to ‘over time’; this means an average of the last three years for which data is available, so refers to SATs results from 2016 to 2018. The report acknowledges the hard work that has been done since the last inspection and the progress that has been made, but there had been insufficient time for all the initiatives to become part of daily practice across the school and for these initiatives to have had the necessary impact on the children’s outcomes.
The report states that we know what needs to be worked on and, since the inspection we have been refining our plans which ensured that, when we received a monitoring visit in May 2021, the points in the inspector’s Key Findings had been addressed.
If you would like to hear more about the inspection process, our thoughts on the report and how we have been moving forward quickly to raise standards, please don’t hesitate to contact the school.
To read the report in full CLICK HERE
International School Award
We are delighted to have been awarded the Foundation Level of this prestigious British Council award. As we travel through the stages of the award, the children will gain:
- an increased knowledge, awareness and tolerance about other countries, cultures and languages,
- confidence in communicating with people from different backgrounds,
- more skills to successfully live and work in a global and mobile society,
- literacy skills when writing stories and letters for specifics audiences
- a developing confidence with their foreign language skills.Our school has links with a partner school in Chogoria, Kenya, and our children have shared a number of projects with theirs. The next major excitement in the project is for a teacher exchange, with members of staff from each school travelling to see how education systems differ in such diverse locations.
Stower Provost has achieved the silver Eco Schools award for its work on the nine topics:-
Our most recent project has been the development of the conservation area including installing a pond, a bird hide and building a stone bench. Parents and governors also helped to plant tyres with bulbs and flowers, put up some bird boxes, plant various shrubs and a hedge and erect a fence around the pond area.
Stower Provost School is officially a Healthy School! We have met the criteria and provided evidence of Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Emotional Health and Well-being.
We first achieved this award in March 2009 and have continued to promote healthy lifestyles through the Curriculum e.g. PE and games, SEAL ( Social Emotional Aspects of Learning), PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and making full use of our fantastic school sports facilities. Providing healthy school meals sourced with fresh local ingredients and offering a breakfast club are also central to our approach.
The Active Mark award is a national benchmark to which all schools aspire. It demonstrates that physical activity has a high profile within the school and that all children have access to good quality games and PE. We achieved this award originally in 2008 and continue to uphold those standards recognising the amount of effort and time we put into encouraging the children to be active and fit. At Stower Provost we are lucky to have extensive playing fields, a climbing wall, a play trail and fantastic outdoor swimming pool.