School rated as good by Ofsted inspectors

Swarland First School headteacher Louise Fletcher and some of her pupils who are celebrating their Ofsted report.
Picture by Jane Coltman
Swarland First School headteacher Louise Fletcher and some of her pupils who are celebrating their Ofsted report. Picture by Jane Coltman
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Students and staff at a village school are celebrating after chalking up an impressive Ofsted report.

Swarland First School has been rated good by inspectors – the same result as the previous judging in 2010.

Headteacher Louise Fletcher said: “We are absolutely delighted with the results, which show the hard work of pupils, staff, governors and parents.

“I am pleased that they have recognised our pupils’ outstanding behaviour and polite nature and we are proud that we are providing an education which is meaning that most of the children are performing exceptionally well.

“I am proud that we have maintained a good rating within a tougher Ofsted regime. We become a primary school in September and the report stands us in good stead for the future.”

The report states that progress in the early years is improving, achievement in writing and mathematics across the school is rising steadily, governors’ strategic involvement in school matters has increased and areas for improvement from the last inspection have been tackled.

It adds that teachers have ‘a well-developed understanding of how pupils learn and develop’ and the quality of teaching ‘continues to improve and good standards are maintained’. In 2015, key stage 1 pupils reached standards significantly above national averages in all subjects, with writing a particular strength.

The report states that safeguarding is effective; a creative curriculum has been developed; and pupils are ‘happy and unfailingly polite’.