Axminster primary school children took part in a scarecrow theatre play called 'Cabbage Heart' on Friday of last week. Photo by Terry Ife ref mha 2596-40-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Ofsted inspectors upgrade the school’s ranking from “satisfactory” to “good” and say pupil behaviour is often “oustanding”
Axminster Community Primary School is celebrating after its Ofsted ranking was upgraded from “satisfactory” to “good”.
The improved assessment is seen as particularly commendable, coming at a time when school inspectors have been getting tougher with their judgements.
Following their recent visit the Ofsted team rated every key element of life at the school as “good” – in some cases, like pupil behaviour, it was often “outstanding”.
They say pupils are increasingly attaining above average results by the time they leave school and the teaching is good with some outstanding practice.
“The school has made year-on-year improvement since the previous inspection under the strong leadership of the experienced, well-respected headteacher,” said the report.
In 2009 Ofsted found that Axminster was a satisfactory and improving school.
But the Ofsted inspection regime has since been overhauled and schools were told that inspectors would be much tougher.
So Axminster headteacher Tony Harvell was particularly pleased with their latest accolade.
“Everyone at the school is focused on the journey to excellence,” he said.
Two Ofsted inspectors spent two days at Axminster and their report concluded: “The head is well supported by other senior staff and members of the governing body.
“Their ability and willingness to collaborate in bringing further improvement is clearly demonstrated by the good improvements already made in teaching and pupils’ achievements.”
Lead inspector Alex Baxter said pupils get off to a good start in the reception class and the well-planned curriculum provides good opportunities for pupils to advance their skills throughout the school.
They enjoy school and have positive attitudes to learning, he said.
“The good quality of teaching over time reflects a systematic improvement since the previous inspection,” his report continued.
“Sustained good progress through Key Stage 2 ensures that pupils are more than meeting nationally expected rates of progress.”
“Behaviour is typically good across the school, as at the previous inspection. Frequently, behaviour is outstanding.
“All staff promote the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively.”
To continue its good improvement, the inspectors say the school should raise pupils’ achievement in maths at Key Stage 1, ensure they do not spend too long sitting and listening during whole-class introductions and provide further opportunities for the children to initiate their own learning.
Mr Harvell added: “Throughout the inspection, the team noted that our children were motivated and well-behaved, enjoyed lessons, worked hard to achieve their learning targets and were very proud of their school.
“The inspectors found the classroom teaching teams, supported by the impressive range of adults who contribute to the work of our school, focused on the journey to excellence, providing a really stimulating curriculum that led to effective learning and sustained good progress.
“What more could I have asked of children and adults alike?”