Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. They also inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people.
Ofsted’s role is to make sure that organisations providing education, training and care services in England do so to a high standard for children and students.
Every week, they carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England and publish the results online.
They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial.
Ofsted carried out a one day inspection of our school on 22nd January 2019 and we are delighted to announce that the school has been graded as "Good".
Please find our latest Ofsted inspection report below:
Little Marlow CE School has “a clear Christian vision, linked firmly to Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, inspires deep levels of care and respect and enables all to flourish.”
“Pupils thrive within a culture of enquiry and curiosity. Pupils learn well and grow in confidence because staff are deeply committed to ensuring that all, including those considered to be vulnerable, flourish academically.”
Little Marlow SIAMS Report 2022
All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The SIAMS Evaluation Schedule sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.
Purpose and focus of SIAMS inspections
SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles appropriate to, and reflective of, their particular context in order to be distinctively and effectively Christian in their character and ethos. SIAMS inspectors therefore do not look for a set template of what a Church school should be like, but rather take the particular context of the school into account and base their evaluation on the outcomes rather than the process.
The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: how effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?
This is explored through seven strands:
- Vision and Leadership
- Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
- Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
- Community and Living Well Together
- Dignity and Respect
- The impact of collective worship
- The effectiveness of religious education
One overall grade is awarded reflecting the contribution of these strands to the flourishing of pupils and adults in a Church school. In addition a standalone grade is awarded in all schools for collective worship and in voluntary aided (VA) schools and former VA schools for religious education (RE). This grade is based on teaching and learning alone.
Both our schools are incredibly proud of their links with our local churches and our Christian distinctiveness. Please see below our latest SIAMS inspection reports.