Good Ofsted report for Littletown Primary School

PUBLISHED: 12:42 21 April 2010 | UPDATED: 01:10 16 June 2010

Littletown Primary School in Honiton has been praised for its good track record of improvement by Ofsted inspectors.

Littletown Primary School in Honiton has been praised for its good track record of improvement by Ofsted inspectors.

The school has been judged a good and extremely caring school with outstanding elements of work.

Inspectors report that the vast majority of parents are 'delighted' with their child's progress.

Lead inspector Jill Bavin said in her report: "Parents were unanimous in expressing their confidence in the school's safeguarding procedures, which at the time of the inspection were excellent.

"The school is extremely caring and this contributes to examples of individual pupils making exceptional progress in their readiness to learn or in acquiring skills."

The 396-pupil primary was also praised for its recent initiatives which are successfully increasing pupils' understanding of diversity, and having a positive impact.

A large majority of children join the nursery with fewer skills than expected for their age but, by the time they reach Year 2, many are already working at above average levels in English, maths and science. By Year 6 pupils have reached broadly average standards in English, maths and science, with more pupils than average reaching the higher Level 5 in English and maths.

Teaching was judged to be good, and outstanding when very secure subject knowledge means teachers communicate passion for the subject that is transmitted to pupils. The report says "Consistent strengths lie in the valuable contribution made by teaching assistants, especially for pupils who are struggling, and there are good relationships between adults and pupils and helpful marking."

The gap between boys' and girls' learning previously highlighted by inspectors has now been bridged, with boys and girls learning as well as each other because they are equally enthused.

The breakfast and after-school clubs are also highlighted as making a significant contribution to the school's outstanding care, and are appreciated by pupils.

The report states that the headteacher, Caroline Bond, ensures a well-shared commitment amongst staff to improving the school, the strong senior leadership team has a good understanding of the school's strengths and next priorities and subject leaders contribute successfully to the development of the curriculum.

Mrs Bond said: "We were delighted that inspectors have recognised our school's many strengths, and particularly our commitment to continued improvement.

"We are really proud of the progress our children make on their journey through our school, and this is testament to the wonderful teaching and support staff we have here, as well as the excellent governors and parents who are so supportive of us.

"The outstanding features recognised in the report, such as safeguarding, care and guidance, are really important to us and contribute significantly to our pupils' commitment and enthusiasm for learning.


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