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Inspection Outcome - Ofsted Says Belmont Is A 'Good' School

We are now able to share with you the outcomes following the inspection of the school by Ofsted on the 5/6 February 2019. Please click here to download the report from this website or here to download directly from the Ofsted site.


The HMI and Ofsted inspection team judged the school as ‘good’. Below are some of the particular strengths identified during the inspection:


  •  Leaders have taken effective action to improve the school. The quality of education pupils receive is now consistently good in key stages 1 and 2.
  • ‘Team Belmont’ values resonate throughout the school. Leaders have established a culture of high aspirations.
  • The leadership of English and mathematics is effective. Leaders take decisive action to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Leaders ensure that pupils receive a broad, rich and engaging curriculum. The provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong.
  • Additional funding is used well in key stages 1 and 2. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and disadvantaged pupils receive effective support.
  • Governors understand the strengths and weaknesses of the school’s performance and hold leaders to account effectively.
  • There is a strong safeguarding culture within the school. Staff prioritise pupils’ safety and well-being.
  • Staff have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour. Pupils behave well. They are kind, respectful and polite.
  • Teachers use good subject knowledge to plan effective lessons. They use questioning effectively to deepen pupils’ thinking and explain and model learning clearly.
  • Subjects other than English and mathematics are taught well. Pupils have a deep understanding of what they learn in these subjects.
  • Pupils in key stages 1 and 2 make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. More pupils are working at the expected standard for their age in these subjects than has been the case in previous years.


The process of inspection is an integral part of a school’s improvement/development journey and we were very keen to get the most from the process that we could. As you can see from the above strengths the inspection team were impressed by the school, however in order to become an outstanding school at the next inspection they agreed with our self-evaluation of areas requiring even further development – these were as follows:


  • Too few of the most able pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, attain the highest possible standards in reading, writing and mathematics.
  • Some pupils do not spot errors in their work. Teachers do not ensure that pupils have effective strategies to check their learning.
  • The early years requires improvement. Leaders’ expectations are too low. Children are not prepared well enough for Year 1.

I would like to say how proud we were of the children during the two-day inspection – I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that they engaged fully in the process and were keen to both talk about and share the learning that they are rightly so proud of. The inspection team positively raved about how well the children spoke about their learning and wider experiences in school.

I would also like to thank all of the parents and carers who took the time to complete the on-line Ofsted survey and to talk with the inspection team over the two days they spent in school. We have made great progress over the past few years and this is down to the hard work of the staff and children but also the amazing support that we receive from parents and carers.

All of the staff and children work incredibly hard to make the school the best that it can be. We are proud of the improvements that we have made over the past few years but we are also fully committed to continue working to ensure that we can improve things even further. We are now focussed on striving to achieve an outstanding judgement in our next inspection.

If you have any questions about the content of the report please do not hesitate in making contact with myself or Mrs Allen.


Mr Davidson