Glowing Ofsted report for Uplyme

PUBLISHED: 14:28 16 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 15 June 2010

THE headteacher of an East Devon primary has been described as the driving force" behind her school's recent improvements.

THE headteacher of an East Devon primary has been described as the "driving force" behind her school's recent improvements.Ofsted praised Andrea Rice, headteacher of Mrs Ethelston's Primary School, in Uplyme, in its latest report on the school.It noted that she had only been appointed in January after a period as acting head, and said: "She is the driving force behind recent improvements and she receives excellent support from the senior management team."All staff work closely together in analysing pupils' work, assessing their progress and planning the curriculum."The governing body is an excellent source of guidance and support, working closely with staff to move the school forward."Lead inspector Colin Lee visited the school in July to conduct a short inspection, which is reserved for high-achieving schools.His report has just been published and said it was outstanding in 25 of the 27 inspection areas, while the remaining two were good.He said: "This is an outstanding school. Excellent teaching, leadership and management help pupils to make exceptional progress in their academic and personal development."It has a delightful family atmosphere. There is a strong sense of teamwork with staff, governors, parents and carers working closely together."Mrs Rice said: "We are absolutely thrilled with the report as it reflects the exceptional levels of teamwork by the whole school community, staff, parents, governors and, not least, the hard work of the pupils."It recognises our very high standards but also the wide range of opportunities that enable our children to flourish as individuals."As a church school, we are very pleased that our family atmosphere has been recognised and as one child said 'everyone cares about everyone else'. What more could you ask for?"We are very proud of the report and we are now working on the next challenges for our school."In concluding his report, Mr Lee said while the school was already outstanding, it had an excellent capacity to get even better and it should increase its use of target setting in maths and should develop pupils' use of specialist vocabulary for different subjects.He said: "Pupils not only enjoy their learning in lessons but speak with great enthusiasm about the clubs and activities outside the school day.

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