Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Ofsted use the Common Inspection Framework for inspecting schools. New and updated frameworks have been published for use on the following dates.

  • September 2023
  • September 2022
  • September 2019
  • September 2015
  • September 2012

Archibald First School was last inspected by Ofsted in 2015 using the 2012 Framework. We will be revisited by Ofsted before August 2025. The next visit will under a new framework.

Ofsted 2015

Archibald First School was inspected on 31st March and 1st April 2015 under the September 2012 Common Inspection Framework. Following the two day inspection, by three OFSTED inspectors, we were judged to be:

OUTSTANDING in every single judgement

  • Overall Effectiveness: Outstanding 1
  • Leadership and Management: Outstanding 1
  • Behaviour and Safety: Outstanding 1
  • Quality of Teaching: Outstanding 1
  • Achievement of Pupils: Outstanding 1
  • Early Years Provision: Outstanding 1

The inspectors were so impressed with our whole school, our children and the standard of work they achieve on their journey from Early Years to Year 4 through their own dedication and also the wonderful teaching they receive.

To read the full report, please click here: Archibald First School – Ofsted Published Report April 2015

Below are just some of the very positive comments they had to say about our school.

‘Pupils enjoy school and have extremely positive attitudes to learning because lessons are designed to hold their interest.’

‘The vibrant curriculum, combined with teachers’ very systematic teaching of basic skills, underpins pupils’ rapid learning in reading and writing.’

‘The school’s very strong partnerships with parents contribute to the school’s success. Parents feel very well informed and are very appreciative of all the school does for their children.’

‘The rich and exciting curriculum builds pupils’ basic skills exceptionally well. It is enriched by a wide range of visits, visitors and practical activities which bring learning to life.’

‘Children make rapid strides in developing their early literacy and numeracy skills because these are seamlessly woven into imaginative play.’

‘Pupils greet each other with smiles.’

‘The headteacher provides outstanding and inspirational leadership and is ably supported by the deputy headteacher. Together, they have created a school where there is a strong sense of teamwork that enables everyone to succeed.’

‘Teaching activities are of a high quality. Learning opportunities both indoors and out are irresistible.’

‘The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Their conduct is exemplary in classrooms, during break times, and when pupils move around the school.’

‘Senior leaders, staff and governors work with determination and skill to constantly improve the school.’

‘Relationships are excellent and pupils from different backgrounds get on extremely well together. Pupils respect one another and actively celebrate their differences.’

‘Governors are highly effective and use their wide range of expertise for the school’s benefit.’

‘The school builds pupils’ basic skills exceptionally well.’

‘The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding.’

‘Pupils are extremely well cared for and pupils say they feel very safe at school.’

‘The school provides excellent information for parents about how they can help their children at home.’

To find out more about our school, and to look at our school’s performance indicators, please look at the DfE Performance Measures website. This site also enables you to draw comparisons between schools.