Ofsted / SIAMs

May 2020 stop press:

We were inspected in February 2020  by Ofsted and have been able to share the report with our parents. initially Ofsted said we could not put it on our website ot any social media, but following a request, we are now allowed to put it on our website. 

We are very pleased to be able to share the report with you and are pleased that despite its brevity, the report captures some of the many positive aspects of our school. Our school was judged overall to be Good, with Personal Development judged to be Outstanding.

We are particularly pleased that our children’s  Personal Development was judged by Ofsted to be Outstanding. How our children develop as individuals during their time at Prestbury C of E Primary is at the core of our mission statement and we are so glad that this was recognised by the inspectors. Indeed, there are many very positive comments made throughout the report, and I would like to share some of these with you below:

  • Pupils who spoke to us told us what makes their school special to them. They said, ‘It is caring.’
  • Everyone follows the Christian values that are at the heart of the school.
  • Pupils are happy and feel safe.
  • There are high expectations from all staff that pupils will do their best in everything.
  • They [the children] get on very well with each other and with staff. They show good manners and are polite. 
  • The curriculum is ambitious. Leaders organise it well.
  • Leaders also adapt the curriculum well to cater for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • Teachers check pupils’ understanding well. This helps them to plan the next part of pupils’ learning. Consequently, pupils achieve well.
  • Pupils continue to strengthen their knowledge of reading as they move through key stage 2. Pupils enjoy reading and show strong fluency and understanding. Attainment by the end of Year 6 has been very strong in recent years.
  • In other subjects, the curriculum typically enables pupils to know more and remember more as they progress through it.
  • The curriculum in the early years meets children’s needs well. Staff have strong knowledge across the areas of learning.
  • Governors and senior leaders understand what the school does well and where it needs to improve.
  • Staff who spoke with us said that leaders care about their wellbeing.
  • There are strong safeguarding systems in school. The safeguarding leader keeps detailed records of any worries about pupils’ safety. He follows up any issues when required. He makes sure that pupils get the help they need.

 Most parents will be aware that it is just under 13 years since our last inspection. In that time there have been significant changes to the Ofsted Inspection Framework and none more so than last September, when a new Inspection Handbook was introduced. Under the new Inspection handbook, the number of schools judged to be ‘Outstanding’ has reduced significantly and it is clear that schools that may have been judged to be Outstanding prior to September 2019, under the previous handbook, have not been judged to be so under the new framework. Our inspection was initiated due to an element of data and it began as a section 8 inspection and then became a full section 5 inspection which took place over two days. The report mentions that progress is in the average band (this improved in all areas last year), but it does not include the significantly higher than national data that we achieve by the time the children leave our school i.e. nationally 65% of children leave primary school at the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, whereas at Prestbury in 2019 it was 87% of children who achieved this standard.

The main thrust of the new inspection framework is the curriculum, which has always been a strength at Prestbury and this was confirmed by the inspection.  There is a particular focus now, under the new framework on the sequence of teaching hence the one area for development:


  • The curriculum is sometimes not as coherently sequenced as it could be in foreign languages and history. There are some parts where the intended learning does not build on earlier knowledge firmly enough. Leaders need to ensure that, across all subjects, the curriculum is clearly organised to teach knowledge that consistently builds on previous learning. 

It is clear from other parts of the report and from the feedback senior leaders received, that the curriculum overall is ambitious, and organised well and enables children to progress; it is a case of ensuring this is secure in History and Modern Foreign Languages.

We are pleased in many ways that finally an Ofsted inspection has taken place as I have always disagreed with schools being exempt from inspections.  We have faced an annual risk assessment, so the school has not been ignored by Ofsted for 12+ years and the fact we had not been inspected, whilst I disagreed with it, was a sign of the ongoing strength of the school consistently over a sustained period of time.


At the Parents’ Forum in September last year (September 24th 2019) I shared with parents our areas of development for this current academic year and this included subject leadership for foundation subjects and we have made progress in this area. It also included a number of other areas and I want to assure parents that whilst we will address the area highlighted by the inspection, we will also not be limited by it and over focus on this at the expense of other areas we had already decided to look at.


As a school judged overall to be Good, we will now be part of the regular inspection cycle and will be inspected within the next 5 years. It is not possible for me to say how we would be judged at the next inspection as there is a very good chance that the framework will once again have changed significantly and the definition of ‘Outstanding’ will therefore have changed also. I can assure parents that we will continue to do the best we can for the children in our care in the widest possible sense, working in partnership with you as parents and with our wonderful children and great staff team.


To give parents / carers more opportunity to discuss the OFSTED report and give a little bit more information about the background, the process itself and next steps, the next Parents’ Forum will be focused on the inspection. You may recall from the newsletter, that this was planned for Tuesday 21st April at 2.00pm and repeated at 5.15pm, but will now have to wait until we return to school.  When the Forum takes place, members of the Senior Leadership Team and governors will also be at the meeting. We look forward to having the opportunity to talk further with you at that time.


On behalf of myself and the whole staff team, I would like to thank parents for the support during the Ofsted process, for the emails and words of kindness and support that staff were given. As I mentioned just after the inspection, we were especially pleased that 95% of our parents would recommend the school to another family.


David J Capener

David J Capener



Please find attached to this page our recent Inspection  report (SIAMS). I am pleased to inform parents that  Prestbury CE Primary School has been graded  as Outstanding in all areas. The report highlights, ‘An outstanding commitment to the development and well-being of every pupil underpins the school’s work and is rooted in Christian love.’ The report comments‘The school knows it pupils and their families extremely well and meets individual needs through a culture of Christian nurturing and caring.’

I am so pleased that the report captures our school, our values and our care for those within our community and beyond. We are thankful to God that our values can be celebrated, lifted high and have such a positive impact on the children and families in our care.  The report reflects the contribution that all make in leading our school to be a special place. 

Thank you for your support and encouragement.




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Prestbury C.E Primary School

Bollin Grove, Prestbury
Macclesfield, CHESHIRE, SK10 4JJ

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