Braunton school is no longer failing

PUPILS AND STAFF at a North Devon primary school are staging a double celebration following a successful Ofsted inspection and soaring exam results. Braunton Caen was placed in special measures by Ofsted two years ago. But now the education inspectors say

PUPILS AND STAFF at a North Devon primary school are staging a double celebration following a successful Ofsted inspection and soaring exam results.

Braunton Caen was placed in special measures by Ofsted two years ago.

But now the education inspectors say it has improved so much that it must no longer be classed as a failing school.

"Pupils' attainment and their learning and progress show a strong trend of improvement," concludes a new report.


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"Teaching has improved significantly and is good overall."

And parents agree. One told the inspectors: "The progress made by the school in the last two years is incredible."

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This summer's SATs results for Year 6 pupils in English and maths clearly demonstrate that marked improvement.

In 2008 the school recorded 67 per cent gaining an expected Level 4 in English and 77 per cent in maths.

This summer's results show the results in English soaring to 97 per cent while maths has risen to 90 per cent.

The percentage of pupils gaining the higher Level 5 in English has doubled from 22 per cent to 47 per cent while the maths' results went up from 27 per cent to 40 per cent.

Caen headteacher Karen Crutchfield, who is highlighted by Ofsted for her contribution to the school's success, said: "We are all delighted with the results of the inspection and particularly pleased with our latest SATs results.

"I would like to thank the governors, parents, neighbouring schools and our 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.

"We are all determined to build upon what has already been achieved to ensure that Braunton Caen gets even better in the future."

Three inspectors from Ofsted spent two days in the school last month and their report has just been published.

Senior inspector Andrew Redpath concludes: "Caen is an improving school which provides a satisfactory standard of education.

"Attainment has risen sharply due to better teaching and the provision of a more stimulating curriculum.

"Pupils enjoy their lessons and many participate in the very wide range of extra-curricular clubs.

"Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school (which) provides a good quality of care, guidance and support."

And Mr Redpath continues: "The shared commitment of the head, governors and senior leaders to raising attainment has been central to the school's improved performance.

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