Primary school praised by education watchdog for ‘good’ rating

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 January 2018

Headteacher Claire Pocock with pupils.

Headteacher Claire Pocock with pupils.

Banwell Primary School

A village primary school has been praised by education watchdog Ofsted, with pupils telling of ‘amazing’ teachers.

Banwell Primary School has received a ‘good’ rating after going under the microscope in December, with inspector Sandra Woodman finding the school ‘has a clear vision that all pupils receive the best possible education’.

Headteacher Claire Pocock told the Mercury she was ‘delighted’ by the findings of the inspector.

She said: “It reflects the hard work and enthusiasm for learning that everyone here shows on a daily basis and we are obviously really pleased Ofsted has recognised this.”

The school maintained the good rating which it achieved at its previous inspection in 2014.

The inspector singled out the headteacher, in particular, for praise.

Ms Woodman said: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

“Together with strong support from the deputy, the headteacher has taken the urgent actions needed to ensure pupils make faster progress, particularly in key stage one.

“They have faced challenges, particularly in relation to staffing. However, they have secured high-quality teaching across the school through effective recruitment and by deploying staff purposefully.

“As a consequence, pupils achieve well across subjects as they move through the school.”

The inspector also found pupils enjoy their time at the school.

She said: “A key strength of the school is pupils’ enthusiasm for their learning. Staff have a deep understanding of pupils’ capabilities and use this knowledge well to create a varied and engaging curriculum which inspires them to work hard and develop a love of learning.

“Pupils say teachers are ‘amazing’ at helping them to understand new ideas and concepts.

“Parents recognise the lengths to which staff go to provide a welcoming and inclusive school where every child is valued.”

Banwell’s safeguarding measures were also applauded by the inspector.

In order to achieve higher standards, the inspector told the school it should seek to reach higher standards in mathematical reasoning and key stage one literacy.

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