Tavistock Primary rated “good” across the board

Photo of Tavistock Primary pupils

Posted on: 5 December 2019

Tavistock Primary School has been highlighted by independent inspectors for providing a good education in every area of its work.

A two-day visit by three Ofsted inspectors last month has concluded that the school’s overall effectiveness is good.

They say the school provides a good quality of education with good leadership and management and the early years’ provision and the personal development and behaviour and attitudes of the children are also good.

Three inspectors visited the school on November 12 and 13 and their report has just been published.

Lead inspector Claire Mirams says: “Pupils enjoy their time at school. They are proud of their work and talk enthusiastically about their learning in lots of subjects. Relationships between staff and pupils are strong and supportive. Leaders support pupils to be confident learners and positive citizens.”

Ms Mirams says the writing curriculum is carefully planned and there is a strong maths curriculum. Children make a flying start in the early years and pupils with special educational needs or disabilities receive well-planned support.

She adds: “The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Pupils say that school teaches them about healthy and safe relationships and how to stay safe in a range of situations.”
The governing board is also praised.

“Governors are very skilled and committed. They support and challenge leaders well,” says Ms Mirams. “Staff are proud to work at the school.”

Tavistock headteacher Lynnette Selbie said: “I am proud that Ofsted has again recognised that Tavistock Primary and Nursery School is ‘good’. Although Ofsted only see a snapshot of our school life, the new inspection framework covers curriculum, behaviour, safeguarding and leadership and they validated our self-evaluation as good.

“We are an inclusive school and are particularly pleased that Ofsted has recognised all our pupils are assured of good educational opportunities here at Tavistock. Our academic standards are the highest in Tavistock and our ethos ensures that all pupils receive nurturing pastoral care.

“I know that the staff team and governing board will continue to strive for excellence in all areas, they care about our children and I sincerely thank them for their commitment to our school.”

Chair of governors, Caroline Down, said: “The governors are absolutely thrilled with this judgement and feel it truly acknowledges and reflects the continuous hard work undertaken by our dedicated staff team as well as the achievements of our wonderful pupils.

“We will now work together with all members of the school community to build on this success and with this judgement and the opening of our new Foundation Stage next year we are confident the school will continue to go from strength to strength.”

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