Ofsted praises care and welfare of pupils at Sidbury Primary

PUBLISHED: 09:04 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 17 June 2010

CARE and welfare of pupils is at the heart of all that happens at Sidbury Primary School.

CARE and welfare of pupils is at the heart of all that happens at Sidbury Primary School.

The Church of England school has some notable strengths, especially the breadth of opportunities provided for its 105 pupils, say education inspectors from Ofsted, who say it provides "a satisfactory education" with stimulating lessons.

Both parents and pupils are proud of their school and value its 'family feel'.

Pupils are friendly, polite, confident and enthusiastic about their involvement in the community.

Their positive contribution to the community, through musical, sporting and artistic events, and their overall enjoyment of learning are outstanding, says the report.

"The head teacher and the committed staff team ensure that the care and welfare of every child are at the heart of the school's work," says inspector Jonathan Palk.

"Pupils feel safe and thrive in the school's encouraging environment (and) say they really enjoy school.

"Lessons are stimulating and consequently engage the pupils. Adults enjoy very good relationships with pupils and so classrooms are harmonious places for learning.

"The information and communication technology curriculum has a strong focus on using skills across a range of subjects and developing research skills."

While reaching nationally expected standards in English and science more work needs to be done to ensure they reach the same level in maths, say the two inspectors who visited the school before Christmas.

They pay tribute to the good leadership and management of the school and quote parents who told them Sidbury was: "A well-run school, focusing on children's development and education together in a very caring environment."

Praise goes to head Diane Gordon, who has successfully led the school for a number of years.

Inspectors said: "The head teacher is highly respected by pupils, parents, staff and governors."

"The leadership team has a good understanding of the school's strengths and has put in place effective strategies for improvement where weaknesses are identified.

"Governors are committed and knowledgeable and offer good support. The school has good capacity to improve."

To improve further, the school should use assessment information systematically to improve the match and challenge of activities, particularly for more able pupils, and share best practice in teaching and learning.

Mrs Gordon said: "I am delighted that the inspection team has noted our many strengths, including the caring ethos that helps our dedicated and hardworking team to achieve our school aim of 'Opening Minds, Creating Futures'.

"All of the staff and governors are also highly gratified that so many parents gave such positive feedback to the inspectors; it is always rewarding to know that our efforts are acknowledged and appreciated."

Carole Turner, chair of governors said: "The bones of the report are very good. We are very pleased and all the recommendations we will go with. We are quite happy with what they said, and the support given by parents particularly impressed us.

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