13 March 2017 – Ofsted has rated St. Mary’s C of E Primary School, Fownhope, and St. Mary’s Pre-School as Good, with boys and girls performing equally well.
“We are so pleased to be awarded Good by Ofsted;” said Mr Milne, Head Teacher, “We work hard at both ensuring academic standards and nurturing the whole child – giving them opportunities to explore and grow at art, music and sport, as well as thinking for themselves. We have a committed team of staff and governors who really care for the welfare of each and every child, and we have great support from the village community. Everyone here has played a part in making the school the success that it is. ”
“We are so proud to be awarded Good by Ofsted” added Jackie Bell, Pre-School Manager “We are warm and welcoming, providing a safe and secure environment. We are proud of our strong links to the school and local community which allow us to do different things such as the children walking The Tiger Who Came to Tea to the village shop for Tiger Food and professional dance lessons by The Starlight Company”.
Ofsted complimented educational standards, behaviour and welfare standards, stating that pupils are confident, independent learners who throw themselves into school life with gusto and receive praise for having a go and not giving up.
Ofsted said that the attention to pupils’ welfare was captured by a parent, who commented, ‘The school has the children at its heart, from the governors, to the cleaning and catering staff.’
This school has maintained its ’Good’ quality of education since the last inspection, and teaching has further improved. Staff are reflective and continuously seek ways of developing their practice, high -quality support is provided to help staff meet the school’s high expectations and pupils are confident, independent learners who throw themselves into school life with gusto. Parents are very positive about the school’s leadership and the improvements they have seen in the school over recent years.
When they are well challenged, pupils respond enthusiastically. They enjoy trying new things and show obvious pleasure in the praise they receive for having a go and not giving up. They behave well in lessons and respond quickly to teachers’ instructions. Pupils spoke confidently and politely. They were proud to show their work and keen to tell Oftsed Inspectors how much they enjoy school.
Safeguarding is effective and the large number of well trained first aiders means that pupils are well cared for, should an accident happen.