Combe Martin escapes special measures in style

08:27 09 July 2012

Combe Martin Primary School.

Combe Martin Primary School.

Archant

Primary school given a big thumbs up by education inspectors after two years of close monitoring.

COMBE Martin Primary School is celebrating after emerging from under the shadow of the dreaded ‘special measures’ imposed by education inspectors.

In fact, Ofsted has told the school it is in the top 12 per cent of schools nationally to come out of special measures and be recognised as ‘good’.

The school was placed under close scrutiny by the education watchdogs in 2010 after a bad Ofsted report.

But this June government inspectors returned, following a two year programme of improvements and frequent monitoring – they gave the school a rating ‘good’ with outstanding elements in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

“It’s fantastic news that we’ve exited special measures and achieved such a good rating,” said head teacher Jo Walkden.

“We have been hopeful of this positive outcome following our interim monitoring inspection in March and I’m delighted this has now been confirmed. Everyone involved, from staff and governors to pupils and parents, has worked hard and supported the school objectives to raise standards and expectations.”

The report, published on Monday said there was ‘a rapidly improving trend in achievement.’

Chairman of governors Martin Winter added: “However, to turn it around so significantly, by being recognised as a good school with outstanding features, is truly a major accomplishment.

“Special praise should be given to the head teacher, all the staff and pupils, as well as the community who have supported the school throughout this process.”

Combe Martin has also just received its best ever year 6 SAT.

The news follows the announcement that Combe Martin is to form a federation with Woolacombe School, which will be in place from the start of the new academic year in September.

0 comments

Other News Stories

26 minutes ago
Starr the duck with Barry Hayman. Picture: Andy Keeble

Chulmleigh Old Fair is now in full swing and runs until Sunday (August 2).

Read more
Benjamin Barton was captured on CCTV carrying out the masked raid (left) and pictured right buying the bag he used to attempt to rob Coopers Jewellery.

As Benjamin Barton, 18, pleads guilty to attempted armed robbery at Coopers Jewellery in Barnstaple, detectives have revealed how ‘bag for life’ and an odd purchase held the key to solving the investigation...

Read more
12:43
Chelfham Mill. Picture: Nicholas Mutton

Ofsted suspends school’s permission to operate while investigation gets underway

Read more

Police are appealing to find offenders who broke into home on Exeter Road and took cash from safe - including £11,000 in £50 notes.

Read more
Burton Art Gallery

Councillors agreed in principle to co-locate Bideford Library with the Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Victoria Park.

Read more
09:11
The wasp spider settles in to her new home. Picture: Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

Staff provide a home for stowaway arachnid after it journeys more than 6,000 miles...

Read more
09:15
Action from the Rockwood Dog Display Team

The North Devon Show promises a busy year with a bumper offering of livestock, shows, food and drink.

Read more
14:00
Lisa Wallis, Georgie Oldfield, Lisa Mackenzie are urging people to sign up for Relay For Life.

Barnstaple mum who survived breast cancer is urging people to join Cancer Research UK’s Relay for Life this weekend.

Read more

Fire fighters called out to Pill Gardens in Braunton yesterday (Tuesday) night.

Read more
The Torrington bonfire

Torrington Trumpton village is nearing completion ahead of the big burn on August Bank Holiday.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder