Double celebration for Tiverton’s Castle school

children playing school

Posted on: 19 September 2017

Children and staff at a Tiverton primary are enjoying a double celebration to start the new school year.

The Castle Primary School moved into its brand new building this term at the same time as education inspectors rated it as a good school which is performing well in all areas of school life.

The new, 14-classroom school is a purpose-built development funded by the national Education Funding Agency.

Headteacher Catherine Noble said:

“It’s a purpose-built school for the children of the 21st century which will have grounds to match.

“Obviously everyone at The Castle is very excited and proud.

“The school will provide 21st century learning facilities for a modern and vibrant learning experience.”

Three inspectors from the school standards agency, Ofsted, spent two days at the school last term and their report has just been published, giving the school a good judgement.

The inspectors found that every aspect of school life is good including the quality of teaching and learning, the effectiveness of leadership and management and the outcomes for pupils.

Lead inspector Debbie Marklove concludes: “Senior leaders and governors are driven in their quest to improve the school and ensure there is good quality teaching, learning and assessment in place.”

She says the curriculum is well-organised, broad, balanced and relevant and challenges and motivates pupils.

“Teachers are skilled in providing inspiring and motivational learning experiences,” she says.

“Pupils enjoy coming to school, feel well cared for and want to achieve well.

“The vast majority of parents would recommend the school to other parents.”

She says the children make an excellent start to their school life in the early years and – across the school – pupils from different starting points make rapid progress so they are well prepared for the next stages in their education.

Pupils’ personal development and welfare are good, they behave well and attendance is above the national average.

Today Mrs Noble said: “We are very proud of our children and how well they conducted themselves during the inspection at the end of a long term.

“They continued to be wonderful as we closed the school down and are now very happy in our brand new building. It has been lovely to hear the parents comment during our open afternoon .”

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