Primary school is a caring community

FUN AND LAUGHTER help children learn at a North Devon village school where they achieve above average standards. Every aspect of life at Bradford Primary School is outstanding or good, according to education inspectors. And they say Bradford s federatio

FUN AND LAUGHTER help children learn at a North Devon village school where they achieve above average standards.

Every aspect of life at Bradford Primary School is outstanding or good, according to education inspectors.

And they say Bradford's federation with Bridgerule Primary School has resulted in a wealth of new opportunities for both sets of pupils.

"Bradford is a good school," say the inspectors from the school standards agency Ofsted.


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"It is a very caring community where pupils are kept very safe and where fun and laughter help them to learn just as they would in a happy family.

"Good links with parents ensure that pupils are known and valued as individuals.

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"Pupils' excellent behaviour and very positive attitudes to school life reflect those of the adults who look after them so well.

"As a result, pupils achieve well academically and make significant gains in their personal development. Pupils greatly enjoy being at school."

Two Ofsted inspectors spent two days at Bradford earlier this month and their report has just been published.

It says the 53 children at Bradford start school with skills at the expected level for their age.

They make a positive start to full-time schooling because of the very supportive links with parents.

As they move through the school, they respond well to the good teaching and make good progress.

"By the end of Year 6, pupils' attainments are well above average in speaking and listening and above average in reading, writing, science and ICT. Attainment is broadly average in maths," says lead inspector Alex Baxter.

The pupils demonstrate high-quality relationships and there is a genuine harmony throughout the day-to-day activities and learning. There is an excellent range of extra-curricular clubs and visits, says Mr Baxter.

Of the federation with Bridgerule, Mr Baxter says: "The link has brought greater breadth to the learning opportunities provided for the pupils (and) reflects a very positive partnership to enrich pupils' learning.

"These include shared, end-of-term celebrations and other performances and residential trips. Such joint events have enriched the pupils' learning, their social interaction and readiness for the future.

"(The federation) includes strengthened subject leadership across both schools."

Mr Baxter says, to improve further, Bradford should raise pupils' achievement in maths and improve the quality of the children's recorded work.

Today, the federation's Executive Headteacher, Matthew Barnes, said: "Everyone involved in the school is delighted with the Ofsted Report.

"The inspectors clearly gained a full and accurate picture of our school and the impact the Federation has had on the quality of what we are able to provide for our pupils.

"Particularly deserving are the children, who have worked so hard and responded so well to all the things the very hard working staff at the school have done with them.

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