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Following our most recent Ofsted inspection we were graded as a Good school.

Here are Holy Trinity’s four most recent Ofsted reports:

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, Halstead – OFSTED Report 2017

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, Halstead – OFSTED Report 2013

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, Halstead – OFSTED Report 2011

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, Halstead – OFSTED Report 2008

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, Halstead – OFSTED Report 2005

Holy Trinity on the Ofsted Website

Miss Todd’s response to the 2017 Ofsted Report 

We are delighted to announce that the results of our recent Ofsted inspection have now been published on Ofsted’s website.

We are very proud of the report, not least because it repeatedly highlights just how amazing the children of Holy Trinity are, and how all of us – pupils, staff, parents, governors – support each other for the good of the whole.

Inspection dates 3–4 October 2017

Overall effectiveness Good
Effectiveness of leadership and management Good
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good
Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding
Outcomes for pupils Good
Early years provision Good
Overall effectiveness at previous inspection Good

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school

Miss Todd – Acting Headteacher

Mr. Smith’s response to the 2013 Ofsted Report (27/6/13)

On Friday 19th July the OFSTED Inspection Report was formally released into the public domain. I would like to thank you all for the support you have given our school and the faith you have shown in Holy Trinity over the years. Furthermore, I would like to thank you for your contribution to the Inspection process via Parent View – it was staggering to see the level of support for our work, thank you.

I would like to pay tribute to our staff. OFSTED have, year on year, placed more demands and higher expectations on schools; but everyone at Holy Trinity was determined to get the right result for our school. The OFSTED report is a tribute to their hard work and dedication; whether it is planning and organising memorable trips, giving up their time for productions and disco?s or improving the quality of teaching and learning, they are a truly wonderful team to work with. On a personal note, I would like to thank them for the support they have given me, especially on occasions when I have been forced to take a step back in order to look after my wife. I would especially like to thank Jakki Sibley, she has provided me with wonderful support during some very difficult times. I have been very fortunate to have been blessed with your kindness and good wishes. I want you all to know that we really appreciate your kindness and support.

The best feature of our school is our children. The children at Holy Trinity are a joy to work with. Inspectors spoke with genuine warmth about our children, they praised their work ethic, impeccable manners and the fact that this is a school where incidents of bullying and intimidation are incredibly rare. It is ironic that in 2005 when I joined Holy Trinity that behaviour was identified as one of the schools weaknesses – now it is one of our greatest strengths; our children should feel very proud of themselves because they have transformed this school and the way it is perceived. After chatting with one of our long-standing parents last week, I have been thinking about when I first joined Holy Trinity in 2005. There was a time when so many people left Holy Trinity, but there were also lots of families who had faith in us and stayed with Holy Trinity during those very difficult times – on behalf of all the staff thank you for your support, your loyalty has never been taken for granted.

The OFSTED Report is a fitting tribute to our whole community, and especially our teachers, children and families who are moving on, they will leave a significant legacy, that they played a big part in making sure that Holy Trinity Primary School has finally been recognised as a GOOD school!

Best wishes

Jon Smith


Mr. Smith’s response to the 2011 Ofsted Report (9/9/11)

Dear Parents, Friends and Children

I am delighted to inform you that the final report from OFSTED, following our inspection in July, has been released to the school. The report is very positive and identifies all the elements of our work that we are proud of, whilst also providing a clear direction for our future work.

OFSTED have given our school an overall rating of satisfactory, but please do not feel at all disappointed considering that our last report was ‘good’ – this is because the whole inspection system changed in 2009. In simple terms the reason for this satisfactory rating is the percentage of children who, historically, by the end of Year 6, reach Level 4 in Maths and English. Inspectors cannot give schools with SATs results (over a three year trend) below the national average a rating any higher than ‘satisfactory’ – it is known as a limiting judgement. It takes no account of the progress that our children have made, or the starting points of our children. It is purely based on ‘School League Table’ results – ironically this system will be changing again in January 2012.

In our honest opinion and, judging by your comments, feedback and the information you gave the inspectors, our school is much better than satisfactory. We actually feel that Holy Trinity is a good school – when you read the report and see that many aspects of our work have been rated as good, and in some cases outstanding, you too may find this confusing and feel a little aggrieved.

Personally, I am happy with the report – it is (knowing the rules of inspection) what we expected and we knew that the SATs based limiting judgement would affect our overall rating. Although we cannot change our historical results we can look forward and continue to have the highest possible expectations of our children now, and in the future. The report is helpful as it gives us a clear direction for our future plans and we will work tirelessly in order to see that we continue to move forward as a school and secure the best possible future for our children.

Great credit must go to Mrs Sibley and our staff for the way in which they pulled together, at a very difficult time, to ensure that OFSTED recognised all the great things that are happening at Holy Trinity. Above all however the inspection report really recognises our wonderful children, they are a credit to their families, their school and the local community – I am so proud of them.

In summary, the report identifies things we are doing well…


The behaviour of our children is outstanding. Children treat each other with respect, kindness and care. In a time where the behaviour of young people in our society is under huge scrutiny, our children are a shining example of how good behaviour can be sustained in school. They are an absolute credit to us all.

Safety in school…

Our children report that they feel very safe in school. They explain that poor behaviour is not tolerated at Holy Trinity and that on the few occasions when they feel frightened or upset that teachers work hard to address these concerns.

Child Protection…

Children at Holy Trinity are kept very safe. Our procedures and systems ensure that children are kept safe from possible danger and that those children who are deemed ‘vulnerable’ are monitored very closely and supported well by all our staff. Aspects of our safeguarding practice were rated as outstanding.

Starting school…

Our children experience a very good start to their school lives. Aspects of our work in Early Years are outstanding and consistently improving.

Living healthy lives…

Our provision for sport, PE, after school activities and healthy living have a positive impact on our children – our children really enjoy taking part in school activities and for many of them it is a very important part of their lives.

On the basis of the inspection report our priorities for the new academic year include:

Improving test results and especially writing…

Especially encouraging our boys to read and write with a bit more enthusiasm and confidence. This is a national issue and statistics show that girls generally achieve higher standards in Primary School than boys; we want to try and redress this imbalance. Come on boys! You can do it!

In more general terms we need to focus very carefully on children who may not fulfil their potential and encourage them more directly and perhaps with greater persistence, to raise their own standards.

Change the way we mark pupils work…

We want to make our teachers marking as effective as it can possibly be. Marking is time-consuming but very important to children. We want our teachers marking to point children, very clearly, to ways in which they can improve their work. Our teachers also need to work on matching learning and questioning to match the needs of individual children.

Increasing independence…

When we observe lessons we have noticed that children tend to ‘give up’ a little too readily and look for adult help a little quicker than we would like. This could be one of the reasons why our test results (SATs in Year 6) don’t always reflect the real ability of our children. We need to encourage our children to be a little more resilient and independent in their work habits.

Finally, I would like to extend our appreciation for the hugely complimentary things you reported to the OFSTED inspectors and the way in which you have patiently stood by our school during a period of some instability – from all of us, thank you.

The report is available on the OFSTED page of the school website and, in the next few days it will be published on the OFSTED website. As always, if you have any concerns, or worries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes

Jon Smith


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