Inspectors praise ‘outstanding’ school

Standards are high and set to get even better

PUPILS AT A NORTH DEVON primary school are achieving high academic standards and receiving outstanding care, advice and support.

Independent education inspectors say Ashleigh Church of England Primary has made significant improvements over the last two years and is set to get even better in the future.

“Ashleigh is a good school. Outstanding care, guidance and support, together with good teaching, enable pupils to achieve well,” say the inspectors.

Pupils often begin school with lower than expected standards, they say. But they make a flying start in the Early Years Foundation Stage where they are given a secure foundation to their education. And that continues throughout their school career.

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“Pupils make good progress,” say the inspectors.

“Currently an above average percentage of pupils are reaching both expected and higher levels of attainment (in reading and maths).

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”The quality of teaching and learning is good (and) the school’s curriculum successfully promotes good progress.”

Three inspectors from the school standards agency, Ofsted, spent two days at Ashleigh at the beginning of term and their report has just been published.

Lead inspector Rowena Onions says pupils really enjoy school. They behave well in class and around the school.

“Pupils, including the most vulnerable, are actively and exceptionally well supported,” she says.

“Safeguarding is given good attention. The vast majority of parents are very happy with the education provided for their child. They are particularly positive about the way their child is kept safe.”

Ms Onions praises the outstanding leadership of headteacher Mark Henderson, who has created a strong staff team and a clear vision for the school.

Staff are galvanised to work hard to improve the education they provide and work well with the ‘knowledgeable and proactive’ governors.

She says these many positive factors all combine to demonstrate the school has a good capacity to continue improving.

Ms Onions says Ashleigh can improve further by ensuring Year 1 and 2 pupils can work independently and effectively on more complex tasks and by raising attainment in writing.

Today Mr Henderson said: “We are all really pleased with the inspection report and that the inspectors agree with our own self evaluation, that we are a good school.

“The children, staff, governors and parents deserve this recognition for all their efforts.

“With such an enthusiastic team, we are looking forward to the year ahead and improving still further.

“What is most rewarding is that the children are so proud of their school, their learning and really want to achieve.”

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