Blewbury School

August 27, 2019

SOME RECENT & FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Following its poor OFSTED outcome last Spring, much has been happening at Blewbury School to give it a fresh start and a bright future. Bulletin readers who are interested to learn more might like to access the Blewbury School Governors’ Annual Report, which will be available on the Blewbury School website (www.blewbury.oxon.sch.uk) at the start of term (Wednesday 4th September).

The Governors are aware there is still a lot to do to address ongoing concerns, but improvements are being seen, with some having already been recognised by external experts. The Governors want the community to know they are committed to ensuring that every child in our School achieves their full potential. They do not shy away from recognising the many and significant failings identified by OFSTED, but rest assured they are addressing them – not least those matters raised by parents such as concerns over behaviour. In fact this latter matter is one seeing many positive signs of significant improvement. In addition to the School Improvement Plan, each governor has a clear monitoring role, the Headteacher and staff have clear objectives in place and the Interim Executive Board are robustly holding them to account for progress. Based on this, governors are confident that rapid progress will continue from September which we should all view as the first chapter in the school’s journey. The Governors are very much focused on looking forward not back.

One of the biggest developments that has occurred in the last few months is that, as a consequence of the OFSTED outcome, the School is being compulsorily converted into an Academy. The Regional Schools Commissioner has decided that the school should join the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST) by the end of 2019. It is hoped that this move will bring many advantages to the School. ODST is a large well respected and established multi-academy trust, which already includes 33 infant, primary, junior, and middle schools. Blewbury School will become part of the ODST Southern Area Hub, which also includes Grove, the Hendreds, Northbourne (Didcot), South Moreton and Fir Trees (Wallingford) Schools. Anyone interested in learning more about this ODST development is invited to attend a Community Session at Blewbury School on Monday 23rd September at 7:30pm. This session will be attended by a Parent Governor and a Headteacher from another ODST school. Please send any questions you may have in advance (by September 13th) to  the Chair of the IEB kevin.moyes@blewbury.oxon.sc.uk .