OFSTED has declared that Queen’s Manor is “a good school” following the first inspection in six years.
The inspector praised QM’s leadership team, the quality of teaching and learning, attendance, safeguarding, the school’s special needs unit, the exemplary behaviour of pupils, and the role of the entire school community.
The report states that QM is “an inclusive school which is highly valued by staff, parents and pupils. Staff are role models for the caring ethos which is evident throughout the school. There are excellent relationships between pupils and between staff and pupils.”
The inspector also noted the positive view of parents, highlighting one comment: “The kindness taught here sets the tone for principled, compassionate young people.”
The report, written to Acting Headteacher Phoebe du Parcq, added: “The exemplary behaviour, seen during the last inspection, both in lessons and around the school, has been maintained.”
“Teachers and support staff have created attractive and welcoming learning environments so that pupils are enthused to learn. Adults across the school take every opportunity to engage with their pupils, modelling rich, engaging, conversations. Staff know pupils well and celebrate pupils’ very different skills and talents.
“Activities are well thought out to provide relevance and interest so that pupils can make sense of their learning. Consequently, pupils remain fully focused and motivated in their learning. This engagement is contributing to the school’s good achievement for mainstream pupils and the strong progress made by pupils attending the school’s specialist unit.”
“Parents rightly report that their children enjoy being at school. This is reflected in pupils’ good attendance, which, for the school, including pupils in the unit, is above national averages.”
There was particular praise for the new state-of-the-art Pavilion for children with special needs. Ofsted said: “Unit staff are skilled, they know when to provide support and when to step back. Their well-considered questions effectively encourage pupils’ independence and self-reliance, providing suitable challenge.
“Adults consider pupils’ educational, health and care plans and pupils’ wider needs. They keep clear records of the strong progress pupils make from their varying starting points. Home-school communication through the home-school link books is regular and informative.”
On safeguarding, it noted: “The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. Caring and respectful relationships are evident between staff and pupils.”
The report was the first carried out at QM since the academy conversion of 2016, and the inspector commended the collaborative partnerships that had developed through Brightwells with Fulham and Sulivan primary schools, the London Diocesan Board of Schools, and with the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
“The trust is providing many opportunities for collaborative support and challenge while facilitating future leadership development and succession planning, particularly for middle and senior leaders.
“Trustees, and longstanding governor trustees who were instrumental in the formation of the trust two years ago, bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise. The school also benefits from strong partnerships with the local authority and the London Diocesan Board of schools.”
The inspector, outlining “next steps” at QM said: “School Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that planned teaching strategies targeted at underperforming groups are tightly focused on accelerating progress further so that differences diminish between the outcomes achieved by disadvantaged pupils across key stage 2 and other pupils nationally.”
The last Ofsted report in 2012 confirmed QM as a good school, and Chair of Governors Bryanna Patterson warmly welcomed the continuing affirmation or the school’s status following December’s inspection.
She said: “I am delighted that there is so much evidence that the inspector investigated, in depth, all areas and found so much to be celebrated, as well as agreeing with the future interventions and strategies that have already been identified to improve further.
“I love that the pupils of QM have been highly recognised for being themselves – loving learning, forging positive relationships, feeling safe at school and consequently displaying exemplary behaviour.
“But all this could not be achieved without the whole staff commitment, expertise and willingness to go that one step beyond.
“I’m so very proud to be associated with QM, of the constant drive and passion of everyone involved, all teachers and support staff, to ensure the very best possible outcomes for all children.”
Delighted Acting Headteacher Phoebe du Parcq said Ofsted’s report “is very positive and captures the ethos and values of the school very well. It acknowledges that the community spirit at QM is strong and that parents and families support their children and the school very well. The feedback also supports leaders’ evaluations of the school and supports us all in continuing to drive the school forward.”
You can read the full report here.