South Molton school is improving strongly

A NORTH DEVON junior school has been praised by education inspectors for its strong improvement over the past year. They say a new leadership team has made a real difference at South Molton C of E Junior School and academic standards are rising to the sa

A NORTH DEVON junior school has been praised by education inspectors for its strong improvement over the past year.

They say a new leadership team has made a real difference at South Molton C of E Junior School and academic standards are rising to the same high quality as the care and support which pupils are already offered.

"Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good with their spiritual development being particularly strong," says a new report from the school standards agency Ofsted.

The effectiveness of the school's care, guidance and support is good as is pupil behaviour and the extent to which children feel safe.


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And, says the report, new head teacher Patricia Martin has made a real difference since joining the school last January.

This followed a period of uncertainty with frequent changes of staff.

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But lead inspector Martin Kerly concludes: "The new and experienced head teacher provides clear and effective leadership and, together with staff and governors, has established a strong programme designed to improve practice and raise standards. This is already making a difference.

"This is a satisfactory school. It is improving strongly and has a sound capacity to improve further.

"Teaching is improving significantly in response to changes in the deployment of staff, raised expectations of all during the last year and the introduction of new practices.

"The majority of teaching in lessons was good and there were elements of outstanding practice."

Mrs Martin said: "I am very happy to be part of such a dedicated, hard-working team.

"I feel we are in a strong position to move forward rapidly with the improvements required which we had already identified before the inspection.

"I am particularly pleased that our care, guidance and support for the children was recognised and that their good behaviour was noted.

"My thanks to the pupils for their continued enthusiasm and courtesy and to all the staff for their hard work and caring attitude to our school

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