Happy children love learning at Exeter primary

primary schoolchildren

Posted on: 8 February 2018

An Exeter primary school is characterised by beaming smiles from diligent pupils who enjoy their learning, say education inspectors.

They say Pinhoe Church of England Primary remains a good school after one of the first inspections by Ofsted under tough new criteria.

The new inspection regime came into force in January and two Ofsted inspectors visited Pinhoe two weeks later.

In a letter to headteacher Sian Lane, lead inspector Tracy Hannon says: “The visit was the first carried out since the school was judged to be good in 2013.

“The leadership has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

“Corridors and classrooms are characterised by beaming smiles from diligent pupils.

“This is because teachers and other staff make learning engaging.

“You have developed a staff team that shares your drive to empower pupils to become resilient learners.”

Ms Hannon says the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standards at the end of their primary career is above average in maths, reading, writing and science.

And Pinhoe has a higher proportion of children than the national average reaching the highest standards in both reading and writing.

She says there is a rich culture of reading in the school with children reading fluently and spelling accurately.

Children get off to a flying start when they begin school, says Ms Hannon.

“Children settle well and thrive in your pre-school and reception classes because your staff are skilled and well led. Children explore and learn in a stimulating, bright space.”

She says in Key Stage 1 pupils’ achievement is rising. A higher than average proportion of children meet the expected standards in the phonics screening check in Year 1 and more pupils achieve the highest standards in reading and writing by the end of Year 2.

“The safeguarding culture in the school is strong,” says Ms Hannon. “Parents commented typically on how happy their child is at school (and) pupils’ overall attendance is in line with the national average.”

To improve still further, the school should ensure that pupils’ progress in maths is as good as in reading and writing.

Ms Hannon says a new approach to teaching maths is already starting to pay off.

Mrs Lane said: “I am truly delighted with the outcome of our inspection.

“There is no doubt that it is tougher than ever to secure a good judgment under the new, rigorous Ofsted framework.

“It reflects the dedication and commitment of all our wonderful staff team, the hard work of our pupils and the support of their families.”

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