Valley Road School were inspected by Ofsted on 17 January and are delighted to have just received their short inspection report which states, “This school continues to be good.” The visit by Ofsted was the first short inspection (1 day) carried out since the school was judged good in February 2012.
The report addressed to headteacher, Tim Coulson goes on to say, “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. As headteacher you have galvanised the school staff and local community to share your ambition to achieve the very best for the pupils in the school. Working closely with other school leaders, you have effectively developed a leadership structure that focuses on teamwork and shared accountability. Leaders are effective in carrying out their roles and are held to account for their areas of responsibility. As a result, the school’s capacity to maintain, develop and deliver improvements is effective. Leaders and governors’ self-evaluation is reliable and accurate.”
Tim Coulson said, “We are very very pleased about the report. We think it is an accurate reflection of the school right now. We take every report as a snapshot in time but the important thing about this report is the the way in which we were inspected was with a very limited amount of notice so therefore somebody coming into the school would see the school exactly as it was on that particular day but there was all the evidence within the report that points to everything we had thought about ourselves. We are certainly heading in the right direction, we’ve got fantastic pupils, great staff, lovely parents and very hardworking governors and I’m very proud of them all.”