Praise for village school from education inspector

October 27 2017

CROMHALL’S village school has kept its Ofsted rating of good after a short inspection by the education watchdog.

CROMHALL’S village school has kept its Ofsted rating of good after a short inspection by the education watchdog.

St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School last underwent a full inspection four-and-a-half years ago, when it was assessed as good.

After his recent visit, inspector Matthew Shanks said the leadership team had maintained the good quality of education provided for its pupils.

He said since 2013, several new members of staff had joined, including headteacher Helen Green.

He said Mrs Green had developed the skills of English and maths leaders and worked well with all staff and parents to increase the opportunities for pupils to join after-school events.

Mr Shanks said governance at the school was a strength, with governors supporting the school well and challenging the head to drive the school forward. 

He said: “The strong relationships and mutual respect between teachers and pupils contribute positively to their engagement and enthusiasm in learning. Staff support and challenge pupils to do their best. 

“Pupils of all ages help each other and value the friendships they have. They are also very appreciative of the extensive sporting and extra-curricular experiences the school offers.” 

Mr Shanks said “strong and direct leadership” had resulted in attendance improving during the previous academic year.

Reading attainment and progress at both key stages had improved and pupils were also doing better in maths, with overall attainment rising above the national average in 2017. 

He said leaders and governors should now ensure that teachers develop and improve pupils’ writing skills in subjects across the curriculum.