Bratton Fleming school has been 'transformed' say Ofsted

A NORTH Devon village school has been tansformed over the last two years, according to education inspectors.And they say Bratton Fleming School is poised to get even better in the future.They say new headteacher Susan Denham, along with staff and gove

A NORTH Devon village school has been "tansformed" over the last two years, according to education inspectors.

And they say Bratton Fleming School is poised to get even better in the future.

They say new headteacher Susan Denham, along with staff and governors, have restored the school to the heart of village life and completely overhauled the curriculum.

The school's latest report from school standards agency, Ofsted follows a two-day inspection last month. It said pupils thought that learning was fun, while parents frequently made comments such as: "For such a small school, the opportunities are amazing".

"Pupils show a high level of interest in all they do at school and pupils of all ages show responsibility and initiative. They really enjoy learning and the opportunity to learn with each other."

Lead inspector Jonathan Palk said the school had had an "unsettled period" until Mrs Denham was appointed just under two years ago.

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"The head teacher provides tremendous inspiration and motivation for all the school community," he concluded.

The parents of nine out of 10 of the school's 92 pupils responded to a questionnaire from the inspectors and demonstrated very high levels of satisfaction with the work of the school.

"In the view of inspectors, parents, staff and pupils, the school has been transformed over the last two years," said Mr Palk. "The school has a good capacity for sustained development."

Younger children now get off to a flying start in the Early Years Foundation Stage and make above-expected rates of progress across all areas of their learning.

Throughout the school, the curriculum is imaginative and stimulating and addresses the systematic acquisition of key skills.

Pupils in Key Stage 1 (up to seven years) have been achieving above average standards over the past three years while Key Stage 2 pupils are meeting national expectations.

"Staff know pupils very well and parents are appreciative of the level of care offered by the school. There is exceptionally sensitive support for those who are particularly vulnerable and those with specific social, emotional and physical needs," added Mr Palk.

To improve still further, he says the school should ensure more children make faster progress in writing and maths and ensure all pupils know exactly what they are expected to learn. Teachers and governors should also make sure the actions they are taking to improve the school are having the desired effect. Mrs Denham said the school was already addressing these issues.

She added: "The staff and governors are delighted the inspectors recognise Bratton Fleming is an exciting, fun and caring school.

"We are thrilled the huge amount of work and resources put into all our classes - but especially the Foundation Stage - has been recognised and we now have a lovely, stimulating environment for our younger pupils.

"We are grateful our parents were so very positive about the school. The strength of the whole school community really shone out through the report.

"I want to praise and thank our very committed and dedicated staff and governors for all they do to make Bratton Fleming such a very special school in which to learn and work. I am very proud to be the head teacher here.

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