Nansen: Latest Monitoring Inspection Report

Following the fifth Ofsted monitoring inspection at Nansen Primary School on 9-10 December 2015, I am writing to inform you that the report can now be accessed on both the CORE Education and Nansen websites. The inspection, led by HMI Usha Devi, was the final monitoring inspection before the full section 5 inspection which the School can expect later this term.

This latest report, which concludes that “leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures,” is extremely encouraging and clearly provides the most optimistic forecast for Nansen since the March 2014 Inspection. Many improvements have been acknowledged during this important final monitoring inspection. We are particularly pleased that the report notes that “the leadership of the school continues to improve. The interim headteacher is a strong and influential leader. She is highly focused on raising pupils’ achievement and strengthening teaching.” We are delighted that Mrs Rindl’s leadership has been deservedly commended in this way and we are more confident than ever that Nansen will continue to flourish because of her passion, dedication and sheer determination to move the school forward to a brighter future. Mrs Rindl and her fellow leaders deserve enormous credit for their relentless pursuit to improve all aspects of the school’s work.

There is also a clear acknowledgment that the CORE Education Trust has “played a crucial role in securing the improvements in the school” and has “a clear vision for the future of the school.” This vision is being realised by an extraordinarily committed and dedicated team of staff who work tirelessly to support the Trust’s “relentless focus on pupil achievement, teaching and leadership.” The CORE ethos has been wholly embraced by Nansen; it is rewarding and humbling to see what we have achieved in such a relatively short period of time. The constructive partnership between the Trust and the school is a vital component in supporting Nansen’s journey out of special measures.

The rapid and far reaching improvements we continue to make would not be possible without our hard working and generous governing body led by their Chair, Bryony Flint. They are committed volunteers who do extraordinary work behind the scenes and have ensured that “the governance of the school has strengthened further”. They, like the staff, are not complacent in their resolve to make Nansen a better school. We therefore remain extremely focused on our collective and uncompromising aspirations to reward our “polite and welcoming pupils” with a school to be proud of. The “exemplary behaviour” of children in some classes during this recent inspection is a feature we all hope will become the Nansen way for all classes in the future.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge that our recent improvements are testament to the many parents who have offered Mrs Rindl, her staff, governors and the Trust their full support and encouragement. I am confident that, after reading this report, parents will feel strongly that we are Nansen and proud and that we have much to look forward to.

Yours sincerely,

Adrian Packer
CEO, CORE Education Trust

Please click here to download the latest Monitoring Inspection Report