DfE Monitoring Visits
The Department for Education visits new free schools on a regular basis to review the standard of provision which is being provided.
Peter Dawe, the original Educational Adviser for Rugby Free Primary School visited in October 2015. The Trust, Governors, Headteacher and Staff were all delighted to receive a report following this visit which confirmed their judgement that Rugby Free Primary School is well on track and providing a high quality education for its pupils.
Rachel Mortlock, took over as Educational Adviser for Rugby Free Primary School in April 2016. Once again, the Trust, Governors, Headteacher and Staff were all delighted to received the report following this visit which noted that the school is providing an effective education for it’s pupils and the DfE are pleased with the achievements since their visit in Term One. It noted many strengths about our school. We were particularly pleased that it noted our children were happy and successfully learning within a culture of high expectations where school leaders had strong ambition for each and every pupil.
Rachel Mortlock visited again in November 2016. She noted that Rugby Free Primary School ‘provides a highly effective education for it’s pupils’. She praised various aspects of school life including Leadership, Teaching and Learning, SMSC provision and Behaviour. The report noted how the school has continued to improve since the last visit. School Leaders were delighted with the report.
Our Spring Term DfE visit took place in March 2017. Once again, Rachel Mortlock visited and she noted the continual improvements in provision which have taken place since her visit. She commended teaching and learning and was impressed with how our high expectations for achievement are now embedded. Rachel thoroughly enjoyed talking to the children, staff, parents and governors and overall her feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
Rachel Mortlock’s final visit for the Academic Year 2016-2017, took place in June 2017. She praised the school highly during this visit and she was amazed at the progress the school had made in such a short period of time. School Leaders were thrilled with her report and very much value her ongoing support in their drive to becoming an outstanding school at our first OFSTED inspection.
We are delighted to report that Rachel’s support for RFPS is continuing in 2017-2018. Rachel visited in November, accompanied by another Headteacher to share our good practice. Once again, we were all delighted with the report which celebrated the highly effective education we are providing for our little ones.
RFPS looks forward to welcoming Rachel, or one of her colleagues again later in the year.