Braunton primary school making satisfactory progress

STEADY PROGRESS is being made on improving a North Devon primary school, according to education inspectors. They say Braunton Caen is making satisfactory progress on all the issues identified in a critical report 12 months ago. Then, inspectors from the s

STEADY PROGRESS is being made on improving a North Devon primary school, according to education inspectors.

They say Braunton Caen is making satisfactory progress on all the issues identified in a critical report 12 months ago.

Then, inspectors from the school standards agency Ofsted said the school needed special measures to improve.

Now Ofsted says the school is improving and should continue to work on its existing priorities over the coming months.


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Ofsted inspector Andrew Redpath spent two days in the school last month on his termly monitoring visit and his report has just been published.

It concludes: "Pupils' achievement and standards are improving. At Key Stage 1, the trend of improving standards seen at the last visit has been sustained.

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"At Key Stage 2, improvements have been made in reading, writing and maths, especially in Years 3 and 4.

"Pupils enjoy lessons and develop good work habits. They are keen to learn and pleased to discuss their work.

"A pleasant learning atmosphere prevails in lessons and classroom routines are well established. Pupils are attentive in lessons and behave well."

Mr Redpath says academic standards are still not high enough, however, because the recent improvements in teaching and learning have not yet been able to demonstrate their full impact on raising attainment.

He says the school has worked closely with the local authority to resolve outstanding staffing issues and the staff group is now more stable.

"Senior leaders have an accurate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school," says Mr Redpath.

"The school continues to build a stronger partnership with parents. Detailed reports are sent home which include pupils' own self-assessment. Recent feedback from parents following these reports was very positive."

Devon's Director of Learning and Schools, Judith Johnson, said: "Schools which are placed in special measures by Ofsted have up to six terms to satisfy the inspectors they have improved sufficiently to be removed from that designation.

"It is now just three terms since Caen Primary was placed in special measures and the latest monitoring report from Ofsted demonstrates the school's leadership is raising standards for the pupils and improving the education offered.

"We recognise there is still work to be done as we are only half-way through this improvement journey. We are collaborating with the school to raise standards even higher and I am pleased Mr Redpath recognised the 'good range of external support' which Caen is utilising."

Head teacher Karen Crutchfield said:" I am really proud of our progress as a school to date. The new buildings and widespread refurbishment and improvements to our outdoor facilities give us scope to provide improved opportunities to all our children.

"I would like to thank the governors, parents, neighbouring schools and supportive village community for their work in promoting and standing by the school.

"And last, but certainly not least, well done to our dedicated staff and all of our children who have been absolute stars."

Chairman of governors Helen Knight said: "Following the recent visit from Ofsted, I am feeling very excited and upbeat about the future at Caen.

"Everyone has worked so hard and the support from parents and my fellow governors is to be commended.

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