What Ofsted and others say

So what does Ofsted say?

In our most recent Ofsted Inspection in November 2023 , Bygrove was judged ‘Outstanding’ in all the 5 areas of Achievement;

  • Quality of Education, 
  • Behaviour & Attitudes, 
  • Personal Development,  
  • Leadership & Management
  • Early Years Provision

Here’s just some of what the inspectors had to say:

How about our School Improvement Partners?

'The school has a comprehensive system for reviewing and analysing feedback and data and the LT is effective in using the resources of the school to address concerns at an early stage. The model of distributive leadership which the head teachers practice enables a whole-school view about priorities and how to maintain improvement.' 'It was obvious that the pupils felt that their voice was very important in the life of the school. They had been involved in key decisions, had financial responsibility and accountability and valued the opportunities they had been given.'
(Evelyn Holdsworth)

What do others say?

Frances Jessie, May 2023 (Visit focus: Restorative approaches & Behaviour at Bygrove)

It was a delight to see your school in action and to hear about the amazing work you and your staff are undertaking .
The primary observation I had as we walked around was the strength of relationships that were clearly evident between children, staff and children, and children and children. The way your school was zoned with interactive equipment enabled children to play and interact with each other with only occasional prompts from adults. Adults too, however, engaged with children with an enthusiasm and quiet authority that created a purposeful and calm learning environment – both inside and outside. I loved that there was a bubbling brook of conversation in every classroom! I was particularly impressed with your use of Zones of Regulation both the consistency in every classroom, established response and availability of adults as well as its adaptation for those who needed it to be more nuanced and individual. I so often see ZoR in schools that are visible but not the interactive responsiveness that your lovely school displayed.



The LETTA Trust was awarded the Platinum Award!

The LETTA Trust, made up of Bygrove and Stebon Primary Schools, has been awarded Platinum accreditation against Investors in People Standard, demonstrating their commitment to realising the potential of their people.

Mathew Filbee, the IIP assessor commented “All those interviewed agreed that professionalism, learning and coaching, expertise, collaboration, teamwork, innovation and the people culture are what make the LETTA Trust the success it is today and they are happy working there.”

“The school cultures have evolved and even more managers have been developed and are adopting the same ‘people first’ philosophy as the Leadership team, so that both centrally and in local teams everyone reported an even more positive and engaging working culture.”

The assessor also stated, “As an accredited SCITT, Apprenticeship provider and Kickstart Gateway organisation LETTA is delivering a huge amount to the benefit of education in Tower Hamlets and beyond.”

In conclusion, Mathew Filbee added:

“The positive ethos of LETTA is lived day-in, day-out and is focused on the whole person, both for children and staff.”

“The LETTA Trust is seen as being a friendly organisation that cares deeply about its staff and lives the ethos it has defined for itself. It has very high standards, but this is matched by high levels of care and support for people, both pupils and staff.”

Therefore, “The result of this assessment confirms that the commitment to people, both the pupils who attend The LETTA Trust and to staff, is genuine and is applied with levels of maturity.

Click here for excerpt from the full IIP report – Platinum Aware 2022 (Pages 1-9)

2022: IQM Flagship School title retained

We are delighted to announce that Bygrove School continues to be one of just 100 schools to have retained the IQM Flagship Status this year. IQM provides nationally recognised validation of inclusive practice and commitment to educational inclusion in schools.

Stella Bailey, the IQM assessor commented “LETTA Trust schools are committed to working in partnership and learning from each other. They strive to give children the best chance of happiness and success at school and beyond; to growing active citizens with a strong moral compass who will make a positive difference in the world”

“Bygrove Primary School is a happy and harmonious community, relationships within the school community and externally with partners and the local community are outstanding. Children clearly love their school and they love learning.”

The assessor also stated, “Bygrove ensures a consistently high standard of pupil behaviour in lessons, in the playground and around school buildings. Leaders promote inclusive practice in school and monitor the quality of inclusive practice, in particular its impact on pupil achievement.”

In conclusion, Stella Bailey added:

“The school’s excellent team of teachers and support staff continue to work tirelessly to meet the needs of the children and families and they provide invaluable provide support each other in order to deal with the most challenging of circumstances whilst continually developing its excellent practice on inclusion and is sharing its practice with other schools well beyond the school gates in some instances.”