Who are Ofsted and what do they do?

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Ofsted inspectors visited Burbage Primary School in November 2021 and carried out a two day inspection. They judged the school to be GOOD in all areas:-

  • Quality of Education
  • Behaviour and Attitudes
  • Personal Development
  • Leadership and Management
  • Early Years Provision

“There are high expectations of pupils in their work and behaviour. Pupils meet these despite the disturbances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pupils apply themselves diligently to the work they do at school, from Nursery through to Year 6. Pupils behave well and show respect for each other and staff. They take great pride in their Duke of Burbage scheme. In this, they challenge themselves with new things, being helpful and supporting good causes.”

Ofsted – November 2021


“Leaders have a strong understanding of the importance of phonics to nurture fluency in reading. Pupils learn to recognise letters and the sounds they make in Reception and key stage 1. Books match the sounds they are learning well. Staff support older pupils in their reading choices and check pupils’ reading ability regularly. As a result of these concerted efforts, pupils have a love of reading that widens their understanding and prepares them for their next steps.”

Ofsted – November 2021

“Children get off to a very strong and well-supported start. In Nursery and Reception, children benefit from clearly planned curriculums that widen their vocabulary and
begin their understanding of phonics and numbers. The environments foster inquisitive play in a safe setting.”

Ofsted – November 2021


“The Principal has a very clear vision for the school. She knows the strengths and weaknesses. She has made significant differences during the short while she has been in post. Her leadership and good communication have helped staff work well together as a team. Trust leaders have supported school leaders to make strategic changes seamlessly.”

Ofsted – November 2021

“The ‘buddy crew’ help pupils in break and lunchtimes. They wear distinctive red shirts so that everyone knows who they are. Pupils spoke about them excitedly when explaining that they help pupils who are struggling to find something to do. Other pupils take positions of responsibility in the democratically elected school council.”

Ofsted – November 2021

Parent View

Information about our school’s performance from parents’ perspective can be found on Parent View. This is an Ofsted site which collates the views of parents and can be found here.

If you have children at our school please do update your views annually; we appreciate your feedback which helps us with our evaluations and plans for the future.

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