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Ofsted Report

This long established school provides good quality education. The school is well regarded and makes a very positive contribution to the local community through partnerships with other schools, many local businesses, and members of the wider community.

Achievement is good. The school has had a disturbed time over the last year with several changes in key staff. This affected the results of national tests in 2008 at the end of Years 2 and 6. The school accurately identifies some underachievement in mathematics at both key stages, and pupils often lack confidence in their numeracy skills. A range of strategies has been put in place to improve achievement and standards in mathematics across the school. Despite these difficulties, pupils make good progress in relation to their starting points. Current standards in English, mathematics and science are broadly average and the schools detailed tracking data shows that many pupils are exceeding the targets expected of them.

The promotion of pupils personal development and well-being is central to the work of the school and in this it is very successful. Many parents/carers responded to the questionnaire and the great majority were extremely positive about their childrens personal development. The staff are wonderful and the children are happy, was a comment typical of many. Pupils contribute to the happy and safe atmosphere through their good behaviour and their consideration for others. Pupils enjoy coming to school and this is evident in their good relationships with staff. Pupils embrace the philosophy of developing healthy lifestyles and are pleased that the school has recently achieved the Silver Travel Plan award, the silver Activemark and the National Healthy Schools Award. Members of the school council are excellent ambassadors for the school because they show pride and commitment to their role. They have impacted well on supporting school events for other children to enjoy, such as the school discos, and under their leadership the school is successful in raising funds to support other communities and charities. Their good personal development, experience of the local community and development of basic skills prepare pupils well for the future.

Link to full report - Publication date 28/01/2009