Dear Parents and Carers
As you are aware, Cherry Oak School was inspected by Ofsted on 11 and 12 February 2020. It was a full 2-day inspection Under Section 5 of the new Ofsted Framework. The final report has now been released to the school and can be shared with families, staff and Governors. It will “go live” on the Ofsted website next Thursday.
The report made mention of many positive aspects of Cherry Oak School including the focus on independent living skills as part of the PSHE curriculum, the role of the Expressive and Creative Arts and the fact that Communication underpins all elements of teaching and learning. The report emphasises that children love coming to school and that parent/carer feedback was overwhelmingly positive. The report states that “it is an exciting time to be at Cherry Oak School” as we are on an improvement journey that includes the re-design the curriculum so that it is well-matched to the needs of our pupils and the context of the school. You will already be aware of the new work being done to develop the Learners and Explorers, Learners and Connectors and Sensory curricula at the school.
However, because these new initiatives are not yet fully developed and embedded, Ofsted found the Quality of Education to “require improvement” and hence this is their overall judgement. We welcome the challenge that arises from the Ofsted inspection and will now be working hard to develop and implement the consequent Action Plan to address the areas for improvement. We will again be inspected in approximately 30 months and are confident that in the intervening period, we will return to the school’s previous “Outstanding” judgement.
We will be supported throughout this period by the Birmingham Education partnership (BEP) and our school improvement partner.
Thank you for your ongoing support and confidence in Cherry Oak School. We look forward to an exciting time of developing and embedding the highest quality of educational experience for your young people in a safe and caring environment.
Executive Head Teacher
Please find below our most recent Ofsted reports.