Happy pupils learn well at East Devon primary

Posted on: 8 May 2017

Pupils at an East Devon primary school are happy and enjoy their learning, according to education inspectors.

They say that Broadhembury C of E Primary School continues to provide a good quality of education.

The school was last inspected in 2012 when it was classed as good. And, following another visit to Broadhembury in March, inspectors from the school standards agency, Ofsted, say it remains good and continues to improve.

Since 2012, Broadhembury has joined with Branscombe and Farway primaries in the Jubilee Federation under executive headteacher Katie Gray.

In a letter to Mrs Gray, lead inspector Stephen Lee says:

“You are providing strong leadership. The leadership team has maintained a good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

“You have successfully drawn on the resources and opportunities provided by the federation to help improve the education at Broadhembury further. In this drive, you are ably supported by the federation’s governing body.”

Mr Lee says that samples of work from the Early Years to Year 6 show that current pupils are making good progress in their maths. The most able mathematicians make particularly good progress in all year groups.

In writing, pupils are making good progress from their individual starting points. In the Early Years, children make quick progress in their writing skills.

“Pupils say they are happy at Broadhembury and enjoy their time at the school. All the parents who responded to Ofsted’s questionnaire agreed with this,” says Mr Lee.

One parent’s comment was typical of many when they described Broadhembury as ‘a happy environment where the whole school works and plays together’, says Mr Lee. The large majority of parents would recommend the school to other families.

He says there is a strong culture of safeguarding at the school. Disadvantaged pupils in all year groups make good progress from their different starting points.

To continue to improve, the school should ensure that the teaching of writing challenges pupils to produce work of greater depth and sophistication in English and across the curriculum.

Executive head, Katie Gray, said:

“We are all delighted with the results of our latest Ofsted inspection.

“We are pleased that the inspector noted the hard work that the staff and governing body put into the continuous development of our school.

“It was super to read that the inspector had recognised what a happy place Broadhembury CE Primary School is and that the children enjoy their time at school.”

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