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Ofsted inspectors praise Christ Church Primary School

A SHIPLEY primary school has been praised for raising expectations and improving standards over the past 18 months. Christ Church Academy has been awarded a good Ofsted judgement in every area of education in a report released this week.

In March 2015 the Wrose Brow Road school was told it required improvement, with inspectors critical of its quality of teaching, leadership and results of its pupils. The report said pupils did not perform well enough in maths and writing, and that there was a “historic and significant underachievement.” But newest report recognises that the school has changed for the better in many areas, and says there is a “wave of high achievement” sweeping through the academy.

Inspectors visited Christ Church last month, but have just released their report. In it they say: “Since the last inspection, leaders have been unwavering in their actions to address the areas for improvement.

“The headteacher is ambitious for every child to have the chance to succeed.

“Inspectors observed how even the youngest pupils demonstrated their understanding of compassion when reflecting on how they could try to be a better person.

“Over time, teachers have made considerable improvements in the way they teach writing and mathematics.

“Teachers use a wealth of different strategies to increase pupils’ interest in reading and confidence to read.”

Inspectors spoke to pupils during their visit, and the report adds: “Nearly all pupils said, ‘Christ Church is a school where people are kind’ and they should ‘get 10 out of 10 for being friendly’. They recognise and value differences and say, ‘We welcome everyone…it is special to be different.’

“Since the last inspection the school has quickly and effectively addressed some long-standing historical and significant underachievement.”

The school, which has 216 pupils, joined the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust in 2013, and the trust’s director has admitted the school has faced a “tough journey” since it converted. The report praises both the trust and the governors for their “support and challenge” in improving standards.

Craig Lee, Primary Director at BDAT said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate the improvements at Christ Church Academy and are pleased that the hard work of the head and staff at the school have been recognised in securing this judgement.

“Christ Church has been on a tough journey since academy conversion and it is fantastic to see that the collective determination and drive of school, governors, the trust and our children has paid off”.

Philippa Foster, head at the school, said “We are delighted with the outcome of the recent OFSTED inspection. The feedback from pupils that they feel safe at school, enjoy their time with us, and are seeing strong progress in their learning is a real achievement for the academy.

“Our good OFSTED judgement reinforces that Christ Church Academy is a school which our pupils, our parents, our staff and our community can be proud to be a part of.”

The 8 main reasons to have a responsive website

The 8 Main Reasons to have a responsive Business Website.

It will come to no surprise the growth of mobile devices, in modern society, of smart phones and tablets and the device usage via games, apps, social media and websites. With that in mind it is crucial your business website is mobile friendly – ‘RESPONSIVE’ – so that existing and prospective clients can easily browse and find information regardless of what type of device they use to do so. Here they are:

1: Increase in mobile usage

Through research & analytics it shows that on average 60% of people visiting websites do so from tablets and mobile phones. That percentage will continue to grow and therefore existing & potential clients are likely to have a poor experience on an unresponsive site will more than likely think less of your brand and start looking at competitors.

2: Growth in shopping from mobile devices

It’s a known fact that online shopping is steadily on the increase and if your products aren’t easily viewed due to an unresponsive site then they are likely to go to a competitor.

3: Social Media increases mobile visitors

It is said that over 55% of social media consumption comes from mobile devices, so sharing links from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. to your website will mean more traffic and viewing of your website from mobile devices. Therefore if you are looking to share content you need to be responsive.

4: SEO rankings improve with responsive sites

Google recommends responsive development for mobile web design. Responsive sites will boost your Google rankings. Additionally, Google likes that responsive sites use single URLs vs. different URLs for separate mobile versions of websites. Mobile devices now use a different algorithm to desktops so even if it appears high when searching on a desktop it wont be doing via a mobile device unless it’s responsive.

5: Responsive designs adapt to multiple devices size

It is important that your website looks good on whatever device or screen size and there for needs to be responsive. It will also work on such devices as smart watches and Google Glass.

6: Responsive Site = One Site: Easier to manage and increase ROI

It has been common practice to have 2 sites; a main site and a mobile version; which would mean multiple versions to manage and update. One responsive site will adapt to every device.

7: Responsive sites provide better user experience

A responsive site provides a far better experience with no more slide scrolling, pinching and zooming to see an entire site that doesn’t fit on a mobile screen. It will also improve brand perception and the audience will be able to find what they need quickly and easy. This will decrease people leaving the site at the home page and going to a competitor.

8: Better bathroom experience

Slightly off putting subject but it is a fact that people, including myself, do browse their mobile devices whilst using the bathroom. A responsive site will give a far more positive user experience.

 

If you would like to discuss this article and would like to know more information regarding making your website responsive please call James Dawson on 01274 532278 or email james@pmdcs.co.uk

Sandy Lane Primary School Website

Sandy Lane Primary were looking to develop a website that brought to life their educational excellence and the personality of the school. Looking to avoid the stereotypical school website that is more targeted to children, the Sandy Lane Primary website needed to position itself as a key resource for parents whilst ensuring the school has appeal to children.

The challenge

Sandy Lane’s old website was poorly structured and developed with a virtually unusable content management system. The website was nether responsive or engaging and didn’t allowed the school to easily publish the statutory requirements for government legislation/Ofsted. The Senior Leadership Team wanted a website that would be engaging for parents and children, easy to content manage and promoted the schools ethos and personality.

The solution

PMD designed, developed and delivered a multilingual, responsive WordPress website that captures the school’s mission, vision and values, is engaging to current and prospective parents and easy to maintain through the WordPress CMS. Developed with additional user editor roles added for individual teachers/classes or admin staff enabling them to edit pre-determined content areas. PMD also advised the school on content requirements and updated/migrated existing content, as required.

Results

An engaging, responsive website that promotes the schools ethos and offering, with clear navigation and content. As important was the ability for the staff to edit and update easily and efficiently and ensure that visitors to the site, whether this was Ofsted, parents, children or prospective parent could easily navigate the site and quickly access the information required in less than 2 clicks.

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The endorsement

“We decided to go with PMD Creative Solutions to design and develop our new website and, alongside this, they worked with us to re-brand the school, including new logo designs and signage. From the beginning of the process to the final product, PMD always responded to our various requirements and demands very professionally, either in person or over the phone. Now that we are up and running with the website we are finding it incredibly easy to maintain, unlike our previous content management system. This means that staff are not afraid to keep their pages up to date as it doesn’t take very long at all. Any queries we do have are dealt with quickly via email or phone call, meaning we waste no time and the site always looks good”.

Darren Robinson, Deputy Headteacher – Sandy Lane Primary School

In March this year, new statutory guidance from the DfE regarding the constitution of governing bodies was published:
The constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools – Statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and local authorities in England
(Statutory guidance being that which must be complied with!)
This included guidance about the information which should be published about governors on the school website. In addition, from September 1st it will be a requirement for governors to publish a register of their interests on the school website. Here are the relevant details from the DfE guidance:
Extract of relevant paragraphs (page 9)24. Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. Governing bodies should therefore publish on their website information about their members. The information they should publish should, as a minimum include for each governor:
  • their name
  • their category of governor
  • which body appoints them
  • their term of office
  • the names of any committees the governor serves on; and
  • details of any positions of responsibility such as chair or vice-chair of the governing body or a committee of the governing body
25. Governing bodies should also publish this information for associate members, making clear whether they have voting rights on any of the committees they serve on.
26. From 1 September 2015, governing bodies will be under a duty to publish on their website their register of interests. The register should set out the relevant business interests of governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register should also set out any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives.

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