Village school near Honiton praised by inspectors

PUBLISHED: 18:30 10 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:32 16 May 2017

Katie Gray celebrates the recent ofsted report at Farway School. Ref mhh 18-17TI 1881. Picture: Terry Ife

Katie Gray celebrates the recent ofsted report at Farway School. Ref mhh 18-17TI 1881. Picture: Terry Ife


The school, which only has 14 enrolled pupils, was visited by two inspectors.

A village school near Honiton has won praise from two sets of independent inspectors for its high quality of education and extended family atmosphere.

Farway Primary School – which has only 14 enrolled pupils - is now increasing its numbers after joining with two other Church of England primaries at Branscombe and Broadhembury in the Jubilee Federation.

Farway was last inspected by the school standards agency Ofsted five years ago when it was rated as a ‘Good’ school.

Inspectors returned to the school in March and their new report confirms the school is still ‘Good’.

A separate report by the Church of England also concluded Farway is a good school with some outstanding features.

Parents told the church inspectors: “Christian values and the calm, happy atmosphere contribute to their children being happy and (they) say how much they love coming to school.

“They think the school is a wonderful extended family and are thankful that it is still part of village life and has a gradually increasing roll.”

In a letter to the executive headteacher, Katie Gray, Ofsted lead inspector Iain Freeland said: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

“Since joining the Jubilee Federation, the school has benefited from your strong leadership which has resulted in many improvements.

“Pupils show good attitudes to their learning and make good progress in most subjects. The curriculum is well planned.

“Pupils are on track in all year groups to reach the expectations for their age in reading, writing and maths.

“Children in the Early Years are making strong progress. Some are making rapid progress as a result of the good teaching and support they receive.”

In the separate Diocesan report, Church of England inspector Patricia Morris said: “The strong commitment of the executive head, and support from within the federation, ensures the school is continually improving as a church school.”

She says the effectiveness of the leadership and management, the impact of collective worship and the effectiveness of religious education is all good whilst the school is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners.

Headteacher Katie Gray said today: “We are all delighted with the reports from our two recent inspections.

“I was so proud of how the children demonstrated to both inspectors how they have a deep love for learning in our unique setting.”

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