EVERY aspect of life at a Barnstaple infant school has been rated good by two independent education inspectors. Their new report concludes that Pilton Infants is a good school that serves its community well. The school adds value to the education of it
EVERY aspect of life at a Barnstaple infant school has been rated good by two independent education inspectors.Their new report concludes that Pilton Infants is a good school that serves its community well.The school 'adds value' to the education of its 139 pupils through good teaching and a broad curriculum and they consistently achieve above average standards.And, say the inspectors, Pilton is particularly effective at providing high quality support and care for individual pupils and has outstanding links with external professionals to support the most vulnerable pupils, which ensures they are fully included. Parents are very appreciative of the work of the school. One told the inspectors: "Since moving to Pilton, my child has enjoyed every day and his attitude to learning has got 10 times better."The two inspectors from the school standards agency Ofsted visited Pilton last month and their report has just been published.Lead inspector Martin Kerly concludes: "Very sensitive induction procedures help children to settle quickly and make progress from their first day."Pupils enjoy school and talk about it enthusiastically. They behave well and are exceptionally thoughtful and caring of one another."Mr Kerly says children are attaining nationally expected standards when they start school.But, by the time they leave at seven, they have made such good progress that they are consistently achieving above average standards in reading, writing and maths.In writing the children do so well that two thirds are exceeding national expectations."They respond very positively to the good teaching and the broad curriculum and especially to the many excellent activities and special events such as arts week," says Mr Kerly.Head teacher Angela Bellamy knows all her pupils exceptionally well. Her determination that they are all equally valued successfully underpins the commitment to full inclusion across the school.Mr Kerly says the attendance of most pupils is good but the school should do more to discourage the minority of parents who take their children on holiday in term time.Mrs Bellamy said: "We are all very proud of this report and keen to move the school forward."To be a fully inclusive school has always been our aim, and our success in this area has been recognised and highlighted. "As a school, we give high priority to the acquisition of basic skills, and are fortunate to have parents who support us in this by working in partnership with the school."Exciting things are planned for 2008 including environmental projects supported by parents and further developments in the arts.