Barnstaple school which pupils just love to attend

PUPILS AT a Barnstaple primary demonstrate an exceptional enjoyment of school and achieve well, according to education inspectors. They say all the key aspects of life at Ashleigh Church of England Primary are good or outstanding. The pupils exception

PUPILS AT a Barnstaple primary demonstrate an exceptional enjoyment of school and achieve well, according to education inspectors.

They say all the key aspects of life at Ashleigh Church of England Primary are good or outstanding.

"The pupils' exceptional enjoyment of school is evident in all aspects of school life, in and out of class, and as they take part in the outstanding assemblies or use the outdoor areas," say the inspectors.

"Pupils receive outstanding care, guidance and support. Every pupil is valued (and) pupils achieve well throughout the school.


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"Several key factors contribute to the consistently good teaching and learning found in all sections of the school."

The inspectors say teachers plan lessons effectively in teams and share ideas and expertise. They make activities relevant to the pupils and encourage them to reflect on their learning and progress.

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Three inspectors from the school standards agency Ofsted spent two days at Ashleigh at the end of last term.

Their report says that care, guidance and support at the school are outstanding while teaching and learning, achievement and standards, the curriculum, pupils' personal development and the Early Years are all good.

Children get off to a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage where careful and sensitive induction programmes enable them to settle quickly.

Then, throughout their school careers, the children achieve well.

The school is so successful in 'adding value' to their education that children who start school with below average attainment are achieving nationally expected standards in almost all subjects by the time they leave.

"Standards are steadily rising," says lead inspector Martin Kerly.

He says the parents who responded to an Ofsted questionnaire were overwhelmingly appreciative of the 'many good features' of the school.

Mr Kerly also praises head teacher Mark Henderson's exceptional leadership.

"The clarity of vision, commitment to pupils and communication skills are features of the exceptional leadership by the head who is respected by all sectors of the school community," says Mr Kerly.

A delighted Mr Henderson said: "We are extremely pleased with the inspection report. It is particularly rewarding that the inspectors recognise the children's enjoyment of school and the way the staff have skilfully involved them in planning many aspects of their own learning.

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