BPET’s first free school rated ‘Good’ by OfSTED

Rutherford House School’s first OfSTED inspection on 1 & 2 July 2015 judged the school to be providing pupils with a Good education provision, with Good provision in the five inspection criteria which are; leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and early years provision.

The inspector also highlighted the outstanding curriculum, outstanding support for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and the outstanding support for pupils with Special Educational Needs in his two day visit to Rutherford House School.

Rutherford House School in Wandsworth, opened in September 2013 with reception aged pupils, has grown to educate pupils from reception to Year 2.  It was the first school to be opened and inspected by Bellevue Place Education Trust (BPET), the multi academy trust that maintains the school.

Here are the key findings of the Ofsted report for Rutherford House School:

Key Strengths

  • The school was judged to be Good in the five areas
  • The headteacher has made sure good teaching is leading to the good achievement of pupils.
  • Leaders evaluate the school’s effectiveness accurately.
  • The curriculum offers outstanding breadth and depth of opportunity to inspire and enrich pupils’ lives.
  • Leaders have ensured that good teaching leads to good achievement for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Disadvantaged pupils entitled to Pupil Premium make good progress. The gaps between their attainment and that of other pupils in reading, writing and mathematics have almost closed.
  • Pupils respect one another and value their school environment.
  • Teachers are skilled at identifying and responding to the individual needs of pupils.
  • Trusties ensure, through very clear statements of responsibility, that local governors understand their roles and the school’s core values. They have been rigorous in selecting governors who have high expectations for pupils’ achievement and possess the necessary skills to hold leaders closely to account.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

  • Improve teaching further by ensuring pupils consistently receive explicit, helpful advice to help them improve or enhance their work.
  • Develop the skills of middle leaders so that they become more effective at evaluating the impact of their plans for improvement.
  • Ensure all pupils behave impeccably and demonstrate outstanding resilience in their learning by:
  • reducing the need to employ strategies aimed at reminding some pupils how they are expected to behave.
  • extending further the opportunities for pupils to express their views.

Moving Forward

We have developed an action plan to incorporate the areas of development which we will publish once it is finalised.  This will be regularly reviewed by governors to ensure we meet the ambitious targets and standards we have set ourselves.

Rutherford House School was inspected ahead of Gina Thomson’s departure as the founding Headteacher and the Trust would like to thank Gina for all her hard work and dedication to the school.  A great thanks also goes to the hugely supportive parents and guardians, who provided positive feedback to the inspector in the playground, by letter and through Parents View.

Bellevue Place Education Trust now operates seven primary free school across London and Maidenhead.  The Chief Executive, Mark Greatrex, stated that “The successes outlined in the Rutherford House OfSTED inspection, conducted within the first two years of the school opening, recognises the huge achievement of opening a new primary school and academy trust from scratch.  It is the next step in the school’s progress to becoming an outstanding school, in its next Ofsted inspection.  This experience will be used to support all the Trust’s school as either Good or Outstanding education institutions.”

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