Good report is icing on school's cake

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: WELL DONE: Broadwindsor Primary School headteacher Nigel Arnold with the school pupils WELL DONE: Broadwindsor Primary School headteacher Nigel Arnold with the school pupils

A GOOD Ofsted report is the icing on the cake for Broadwindsor Primary School this year.

Head teacher Nigel Arnold said: “It’s been a great year for our school in many different ways – an excellent Ofsted report confirming the hard work of all the teachers, support staff, volunteers and parents.

“Pupil numbers are growing and are at their highest levels during the last two decades.

“We won the Kenway Cup football tournament in the summer term and we are rehearsing for a choir trip to the Young Voices mass choir event at the NEC.

“There have been fantastic fundraising efforts from the PTA culminating in the design and building of our fort/ship which now stands proudly on our playing field.”

Pupils were involved in the design of the structure, using the school council to collate their views. Mr Arnold added: “It has been a long process – more than two years of fundraising – but it is now complete and ready for playing on.”

The school is also celebrating its Ofsted report which rated the school good in all categories and outstanding for the behaviour and safety of pupils.

Ofsted inspector David Hogg said: “The head teacher has a clear determination that all pupils will achieve at the school.

“All of the staff share this drive and look to improve the outcomes for pupils.

“The school is very harmonious, with pupils of different ages playing well together.

“Pupils have great pride in their school’s achievements.”

Mr Hogg also noted the lessons are well planned to make sure the work is not too hard or too easy, the social behaviour of pupils is ‘excellent’, as is their engagement in their learning.

He also praised governors who hold the senior leadership team to account for the progress pupils make, and the staff who share the head’s drive to improve the outcomes for pupils. Mr Hogg added: “The school provides a wide range of experiences that support the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of the pupils and prepares them well for their next steps in education.”

He said for the school to become outstanding it needs to develop maths skills and teachers need to provide pupils with more guidance on what they are expected to achieve in lessons.

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