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Nov 4, 2021

Maple Grove Primary is rated Good by Ofsted


Justin James, Executive Headteacher and CEO of the Trust said “This new framework is tough - and evidencing how the school has progressed under the stewardship of the Trust was a challenging but rewarding process. I am extremely proud of every member of the team at Maple Grove - who continue to work tirelessly to make this school the local primary school this community deserves.  For too long Maple Grove was not achieving the required standards - and this judgement is the validation of the huge progress and improvements that have been achieved and continue to be built on for local pupils and their families.”

The inspection took place on 14th -15th September and was a full section 5 inspection under the new Ofsted framework. Inspectors looked at every aspect of the school including safeguarding, teaching and learning and the breadth and depth of the wider curriculum offered. Inspectors spent time with children, staff and trustees to evaluate how well the school was performing.

Daniel Lough, Head of School commented: “We are delighted with the outcome and recognition that Maple Grove is now a securely “Good” school.  It is wonderful that the work and relentless focus on improving standards has been recognised in this way, despite all the challenges and pressures that Covid has presented.   In my tenure as head of school, I have been privileged to work with a fantastic, loyal and hugely committed team and the pupils continue to demonstrate the behaviours and hunger for learning which sets us apart as a primary education provider.”

A core feature of the Ofsted feedback was to single out the Trust-wide Lion Pathways Curriculum - a structured, detailed and content-rich scaffold which is proven to reduce teacher workload and directly support teachers to make informed decisions around tailoring their lessons to meet the needs of every child in their classes. 

Justin James went on to add: “We welcome the opportunity to share our experiences of the new framework with any primary school leadership team - including what core components of our pedagogy and school organisation directly supported this judgement. It all starts and ends with teachers doing what teachers do best - but with the right support and structures in place to make this work for every child in every lesson.”

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