Swimbridge school is outstanding

Headteacher Garry Reed and Swimbridge pupils celebrate the school's outstanding Ofsted success.

Headteacher Garry Reed and Swimbridge pupils celebrate the school's outstanding Ofsted success. - Credit: Archant

Village primary school celebrates after receiving top marks in its Ofsted inspection.

SWIMBRIDGE Primary School has been praised as ‘exceptional’ by an education inspector after being rated as outstanding across the board.

It is the latest in a string of accolades for the Church of England school, which is currently joint top in the Devon league tables and has been among the best in the country for the past decade.

After a two day unannounced visit last month, inspector Alex Baxter wrote in his report: “Swimbridge is an exceptional school where the pupils’ very high performance at the end of Year 6 continues to place the school well within the top five per cent nationally.

“Teaching is outstanding and typified through the school by the diligence and great skill of staff in questioning pupils to draw out and develop their ideas.”

Mr Baxter added: “Pupils show genuine kindness and consideration towards each other and their behaviour is exemplary.”

He said its continued success stemmed from the ‘inspirational and high quality leadership’ of well respected headteacher Garry Reed.

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Swimbridge has enjoyed a tradition of excellence for quite some time, hitting the headlines 10 years ago when it was hailed as the best in the South West.

“Ofsted inspections always trigger nervous anticipation at any school, but once again Garry and his team have continued to demonstrate why the school remains among the best, not just in Devon but countrywide as well,” said chairman of governors Alex Comerford.

Mr Reed said the school was greatly encouraged by the report: “It acknowledges our uniqueness, the dedication and sheer hard work of staff, the motivation of children and great support of parents and governors.”

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