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Executive Headteacher Mrs Penny Hammett


Summary of Ofsted key findings for parents and pupils---Download full report Feb 2015

This is a good school.
The inspirational headteacher sets high expectations. Her unrelenting drive for high standards has resulted in sustained improvements in areas of weakness identified in the previous inspection.
By the time pupils in Year 6 leave, they often attain highly and make strong progress in reading, writing and mathematics.
Governors know the school well. They provide good challenge to talented senior and middle leaders. Consequently, leaders tackle any weaknesses swiftly and with rigor.
Conscientious staff instil a desire for learning and achievement in their pupils. Pupils in Key Stage 2 demonstrate a thirst for learning and a strong desire to do well. Attitudes to learning are exemplary and underpin good progress.
Teachers’ strong subject knowledge and the ‘language rich’ environment result in pupils making exceptional progress in reading.
Activities in the Early Years Foundation Stage are not always matched well to children’s needs.
The progress of some boys in writing is weaker than in other subjects.
High quality specialist teaching in French and in physical education is a strength of the good curriculum.
The school’s values of ‘Perseverance, Acceptance, Respect, Caring and Honesty’ are central to the work of the school and equip pupils well for life in modern Britain.
Older pupils are proud to take up the many responsibilities on offer to them; they lead clubs and support younger pupils with reading and play.
Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are given the support they need to make good progress.
Attendance is above average and pupils are punctual to school and to lessons.
Pupils are vociferous in their praise of the school. They say the school keeps them safe.
Parents speak of the ‘unique family feel’ of the school.

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