Woodchester Primary gets top marks

Woodchester children celebrate Pupils and staff at Woodchester Endowed Church of England (Aided) Primary School are celebrating their latest Ofsted report which has classed the school as ‘outstanding’ in all areas.

The inspector praised the school’s caring community and the wide, exciting curriculum, as well as the strong leadership and the good behaviour and attitude of the pupils.

The report said: “Leaders are passionate in their belief that the school curriculum should not just be a means of preparing pupils for national tests in core subjects. They believe that pupils are entitled to a curriculum that is exciting and adventurous.

“All pupils are challenged to think and work hard. They relish the chance to try a more taxing task or consider an intriguing problem, particularly the most able pupils. Teachers are alert to when pupils need to be moved on and pushed; they provide suitable tasks at the right time to do this.”

Parents are able to engage with pupils’ learning by logging into an online assessment system and can upload evidence of their child’s learning at home.

The relationship between teachers and governors was described as characterised by trust, honesty and openness. Governors ask challenging questions of school leaders and visit frequently to become familiar with aspects of the school’s work and to monitor progress.

Headteacher Glyn Jones said: “We are delighted to be recognised as an outstanding school.  This is due to the hard work, perseverance and talents of a staff that are constantly reflecting on, and innovating, their practice.”

Rachel Howie, Director of Education for the Diocese of Gloucester said: “This report rightly reflects the very hard work of the staff, governors, parents and children of the school under the extremely strong and effective leadership of Mr Jones, the headteacher. I am delighted that their commitment to excellence for the children has been recognised by Ofsted. It is a fabulous report that is well deserved.”

The full report is available on request.

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