Ofsted Report

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Ofsted Inspection November 2012

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Ofsted Interim Assessment January 2011

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Ofsted survey inspection programme - November 2009  -  Science

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Ofsted survey inspection programme  - October 2008  -  Creative Curriculum

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Ofsted Inspection March 2008

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Ofsted Inspection September 2003


An outstanding example of inclusion

Just walking into Redlands is enough to convince the visitor that here is a school in which inclusion is nothing new. It radiates through everything that goes on in the classrooms, corridors, and playgrounds and makes a significant contribution to the wider life of the children. It reflects the aspirations of an inspiring headteacher. All staff work hard to achieve this. Regular analysis of performance identifies any differences in the achievement of boys and girls or children of different ethnic groups. The policy to promote anti-racism is extremely effective. Its strength lies in the way that the good intentions are evident in practice. The inclusive ethos permeates the formal curriculum and relationships throughout the school. The children in Redlands have a rich experience of cultures, particularly in the arts – for example, almost all children in Years 5 and 6 play in the steel drum band. Not only does this give them an opportunity to play a variety of music, but also it raises the self-esteem of those who might not be part of so much success. Children’s sense of worth is promoted in all aspects of the curriculum. ‘International’ evenings, where parents, children and staff share traditions and sample food from a wide range of cultures are extremely popular. Parents pay tribute to the way cultural diversity is celebrated and to how well it contributes to their children’s personal development



‘Redlands Matters’ – an excellent system for consultation with children

The school has developed an ingenious system for consulting with all children in a

straightforward way not normally found outside small village schools. Each term, the head and the personal, social and health education and citizenship (PSHEC) co-ordinator visit each class and discuss ideas for school improvement. Every child from nursery to Year 6 has the chance to have their say, without needing to depend on representatives from a school council to say it for them. If any child feels unable to raise an issue in front of the whole class, they (or their parents) can write a note to the head and put it in the ‘Redlands Matters’ suggestion box at any time. In practice, children are very forthcoming in discussion, and full of good ideas. Recent suggestions for improving the system still further include providing more suggestion boxes around the school and giving children more immediate feedback on how and if their ideas can be taken up. The proof of the success of this system is the immense pride the children have in the improvements to the school which they have instigated. Every class has produced a banner to brighten up the school hall, for example, and a friendship bench has been put in the playground for children who want to find someone to chat with. If you set foot in the playground, someone is bound to take you and show you the sunflowers which were planted as a result of a suggestion from a ‘Redlands Matters’ meeting and which are now towering over most of the children in the school.