Horsham school rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted - for the second time

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Pupils, staff and parents at a Horsham primary school are celebrating after being rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted – for the second time.

Heron Way Primary School was rated outstanding in every category: the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and its early years provision. The school was also rated outstanding at its last inspection in 2011.

In their latest Ofsted report, inspectors said: “Pupils at this school relish learning and rightly take pride in their achievements.

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“Adults have a deep understanding of how to meet pupils’ emotional and physical needs. This creates an inclusive atmosphere where both pupils and adults feel supported to try out new experiences, make mistakes and grow personally. As a result, staff are experts in the subjects they teach, and all pupils achieve highly.

Horsham's Heron Way Primary School headteacher James Crump with the school team captains celebrating their 'outstanding' Ofsted ratingHorsham's Heron Way Primary School headteacher James Crump with the school team captains celebrating their 'outstanding' Ofsted rating
Horsham's Heron Way Primary School headteacher James Crump with the school team captains celebrating their 'outstanding' Ofsted rating

“Pupils behave exceptionally well. Staff lead by example, showing high expectations that everyone will treat each other with kindness and respect. As one parent put it, ‘children are friendly, confident, and inclusive with one another and a direct representation of how the school is run’.

"Older pupils act as role models for younger ones through responsibilities, such as reading buddies and librarians. They learn to have positive attitudes, saying it’s better to be ‘glass half full’ people.

Teachers make the curriculum so fascinating that pupils cannot wait to find out more about it. They love the interesting activities their teachers design for them.

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"They are not afraid to challenge themselves, knowing that if they get stuck, their teachers will help them get back on track. Pupils quickly develop resilience, determination, and admirable attitudes to learning.”

And the inspectors praised Heron Way’s approach to reading: “The school’s huge library pays tribute to the importance given to reading. Teachers share their enthusiasm for books at every opportunity. Older pupils read to younger ones, sharing their love of stories. Any children at risk of struggling to read are identified before starting school.”

Headteacher James Crump said: “The children at this school are amazing and for Ofsted to recognise our efforts as outstanding is fantastic. The whole community are thrilled to receive this recognition – and this is a major team effort. Staff, children, parents/carers and governors all play their part in making Heron Way such a great place to work, learn and have fun! Horsham is full of great schools and we will continue to work alongside our fellow establishments to ensure the best possible outcomes for the young people across our communities.”

Parents and carers of the school’s 416 children have sent messages and cards of congratulations to the school staff after hearing the news.

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Annabel Klempa wrote: “As a parent, I know how lucky we are to have our children attend the school but to have had the school’s hard work and care formally recognised by Ofsted so magnificently is just wonderful.”

Chairman of Governors Patrick Donovan said: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone that went above and beyond during the OFSTED inspection, and especially the children who were, as always, amazing! It is testament to the way that our is school is led by Mr Crump and his team, that they look at this as a positive not only for our school community but also more widely for the Horsham area.“

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