What do Ofsted and SIAMS say about us ?

Academy OFSTED Number: 138774
Our most recent full OFSTED inspection took place in June 2018. We are delighted that we were rated as a 'GOOD' school which is a rating that we firmly believe to be right, and exactly what you and your children deserve. The report acknowledges the hard work of our children, families and staff. This is the start of our journey and we firmly believe that through working together John Henry Newman Academy will go from strength to strength.
The report details the many strengths of the school and gives us some targets for improvement. We have already identified the areas for improvement in our school improvement plan and will continue to work on them.


Next steps

ü  One pupil, reflecting the views of others, said, ‘Things are much better now’.

ü  Pupils’ positive attitudes to learning and the consistently good teaching enables pupils to make good progress.

ü  Pupils enjoy the wide range of opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.

ü  Mutual respect permeates the school. Pupils talk confidently about democracy and the need for tolerance.

ü  Governors are very committed to the school and support leaders well.

ü  All staff and governors place the highest priority on making sure that pupils are happy and safe.

ü  The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is now good and continuing to improve further. Some teaching is of a very high quality.

ü  The school is a caring environment. All staff ensure that the physical and emotional well-being of pupils and their families are of paramount importance.

ü  The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils are thoughtful and caring towards each other, adults and visitors.


  • Improve outcomes in writing by ensuring that:
  • Teachers provide more opportunities for pupils to write at length to further develop their skills and stamina.
  • Pupils practise writing for different purposes through the opportunities to write in other subjects.
  • Improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment by ensuring that;
  • Teachers adjust the level of challenge to develop pupils’ skills more quickly, particularly in writing.
  • Support staff question pupils more skillfully to deepen their understanding and develop their thinking.
We had an OFSTED monitoring visit in September 2017.
To read our reports and letters from OFSTED please click on the links below.

As we became an Academy in September 2012, all of our OFSTED reports before 2012 are listed under the school's previous name 'The John Henry Newman CofE (A) Primary School', which OFSTED class as 'closed'. You will be able to find any new reports by visiting this page or by searching for our school under it's Academy name on the OFSTED website.

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. 

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 May 2019 we were judged as GOOD.