Rural school gets top marks for ‘positive caring environment’

Pupils at Harbottle CofE First School celebrate the outstanding rating.
Pupils at Harbottle CofE First School celebrate the outstanding rating.
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With a catchment area of 76 square miles, Harbottle CofE First School is not only one of the most rural schools in the country, but it’s now been identified as one of the best.

In a recent statutory inspection by The National Society of Anglican and Methodist Schools, Harbottle First School was judged outstanding for its ‘positive and caring environment where children love school and enjoy their learning’.

The school was praised for the way in which ‘children behave very well and a significant percentage of children in all year groups attain high levels’.

The report goes on to note that ‘parents speak very highly about the ethos of the school’ and that children ‘gain very good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through a range of exciting learning and extra-curricular opportunities’.

Headteacher Rev Sue Joyner said: “I am thrilled that the hard work of all my children and teachers has been recognised in this outstanding inspection report, which builds on the success of our last outstanding Ofsted inspection.”