All state schools are periodically inspected by Ofsted (The Office for Standards in Education). The length of time between inspection depends upon the grade that any school has received from their previous inspection. School that are judged as Outstanding or Good are usually not inspected again for 4 years (pre COVID). However, schools that are judged to be Requiring Improvement or Inadequate are inspected more frequently.
Ofsted will make judgements about schools in 5 main areas:
- Quality of Education
- Leadership and Management
- Behaviour and Attitudes
- Personal Development
- Overall Effectiveness
Schools that have Early Years or Sixth Form provision will also receive a judgement in those areas.
Riseley was inspected in December 2022 under a Section 8 inspection. The lead inspector identified the following strengths within the school:
- Riseley is a caring school and pupils are happy here. They like their teachers and enjoy coming to school to see their friends. Pupils understand the new school values of being ready, respectful and safe. Most model these values well. Pupils say that bullying is rare. They are confident that if it does happen or another child is unkind to them that an adult will help to sort things out.
- Riseley is an inclusive school, where everyone is valued.
- Leaders have acted to improve the quality of education and pupils’ attitudes to learning. They have set out expectations for an ambitious and well-ordered curriculum for some subjects.
- Children in the Nursery and Reception classes get off to a good start. They respond well to the clear routines and expectations that are in place. They understand what it means to be ‘ready, respectful and safe’.
- Pupils and staff say that behaviour is much better than it used to be. This is because there are clear expectations which everyone understands.
- Leaders have ensured that there is an appropriate curriculum to support pupils’ personal development.
- Staff feel well supported. They appreciate leaders’ consideration of their workload and well-being.