Ofsted Inspection 2017 - Short Inspection

Following my visit to the school on 10 October 2017, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the inspection findings. The visit was the first short inspection carried out since the school was judged to be good in June 2013.

This school continues to be good.

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You, with the support of the governors, lead a school in which pupils are happy and keen to learn. Together with your staff, you show a determination to ensure that every pupil gets the best possible start to their school life. The great majority of parents spoke positively about the school. They commented on the good progress that their children are making and the high level of support provided by the staff. As one parent wrote: ‘My children are very happy to go to school each day and always come home smiling. They are making great progress in all areas.’

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Ofsted Inspection 2013

We were one of the first schools to be inspected under the new Ofsted regime, which raised the levels needed to achieve a "Good" rating. We are delighted to report that even so we received a rating of "Good in all areas". These include: achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management. Ofsted said...

- Children make good progress in all aspects, but particularly in their early reading because the teaching of letters and sounds (phonics) is good.

- Pupils leave Year 4 with standards in mathematics and reading that are often above expected levels...Progress for the more able in reading is higher than normally seen because teachers’ expectations are high.

- Pupils are polite and courteous. They enjoy coming to school. As a result of this attendance figures are above average and they come to school on time.

- The teaching of reading is a strength because teachers are developing a love of books in pupils. This is clear through very detailed home-school reading diaries showing most pupils reading a great deal at home and especially at school, where the curriculum gives them lots of important opportunities to practise their skills.

- Teaching very effectively promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, which is evident in lessons and around school. Pupils work well together, value the opinions of others and have a good awareness of other cultures.

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