School near Honiton graded 'Good' by Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:35 07 July 2017

Offwell Primary School. Picture: Contributed

Offwell Primary School. Picture: Contributed

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Offwell Primary school was visited by inspectors in May.

A school near Honiton has been rated ‘Good’ by education watchdog Ofsted.

Offwell Primary school was visited by inspectors in May.

In her report, lead inspector Alison Cogher noted that the school displayed a ‘cohesive team ethos’ which ‘permeates all aspects of school life and you promote the school’s core values of ‘caring, sharing, honesty, loyalty and forgiveness …. with enthusiasm and commitment’.

She also acknowledged that the school had correctly identified and was already working towards areas of strength and potential development, adding: “The headteacher and governors understand the school’s strengths and take speedy action to tackle weaknesses.”

As part of the visit, the inspector spent time in classes and also observed pupils when on their break.

In her report, Ms Cogher said: “Pupils enjoy their time at school. They work together well and say their ‘lessons are fun’.

“They also feel ‘well supported emotionally as well as academically’. As one pupil stated – ‘teachers know us well and recognise when we’re not okay and always help us’.

She also praised the staff in the school’s foundation stage unit, adding: “They are constantly looking for ways in which they can modify the provision so that it supports children to make good, and sometimes rapid, progress.

Ms Cogher also noted that the staff team has continued to ‘develop the indoor and outdoor areas to provide a wide variety of interesting and engaging activities that capture children’s imagination’.

The inspector’s report recognised the ‘strong emphasis’ placed on ensuring the children’s “emotional well-being helps build their confidence

Anne Billington, headteacher at Offwell Primary School, said: “While the school was delighted to receive confirmation that our own judgments and actions were accurate and on target we will continue to work together towards constantly improving the learning opportunities for our children.

“We were especially pleased to have the fantastic community spirit and trust between the wider community and the school celebrated as a strength as these are vital to our success.”

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