his-master-voiceHeadmaster’s Voice

Ofsted visited Stoneygate on the 12th October.  The final report is now on the school website (under the banner of ‘school Information’). As a school we are delighted with the lead Inspector’s main findings; early next week all parents will receive a hard copy of this report.  All organisations need to review and manage change, Stoneygate is no exception.   Staff here have worked hard over the last six months and this was recognised in the report, (“the Trust has acted with urgency and within short timescales to revise the school’s procedures..”)

All adults working with or on behalf of children have a responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare.  Here at Stoneygate we concentrate four key areas:

  1. Prevention (e.g. positive school atmosphere, teaching and pastoral support to pupils, safer recruitment procedures).
  2. Protection (by following agreed procedures, ensuring staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to child protection concerns.)
  3. Support (to pupils and school staff and to children who may have been abused);
  4. Working closely with parents.


The Stoneygate safeguarding team.  I would like to thank Mr Stocks and Mrs Balchin for the work they have done in this crucial area of school life- much of which is commented on in the report…(“the ethos of safeguarding is well established throughout all levels of the school”).

October 12th will stay in my memory for a long time.  I was due to accompany Mrs Jelly and Y7 pupils on a geography field trip that day.  Dressed in jeans, a sweater and wellies, I did not expect to greet an Inspection team in the car park!

Stars of the week

Leonardo (Reception) – for being kind and helpful to others

Rosie (Y1)- for telling the time

Catherine (Y2)- for some outstanding work

Have a good weekend,

Mr J F Dobson