Burwash School is graded outstanding by Ofsted

CHILDREN, parents and staff from Burwash Church of England Primary School are celebrating this week as the school has just been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating by Ofsted inspectors.

The lead inspector, Margaret Coussins said in a letter to the children: “You are right to enjoy coming to Burwash because it is an outstanding school”. Speaking about the two-day inspection, said how grateful she was for ‘the lovely warm welcome’ she had received from the children and was most impressed by the way the children ‘get on so well together and the fact that you care for and respect each other in your work and play.’

Headteacher, Debbie Gilbert said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the whole report which officially commends the teamwork and dedication of staff, pupils and governors. This is a reflection of the hard work that goes on, day in day out at Burwash School.”

She thanked parents, noting that “all the children were a true credit to their families.”

Chair of governors, Jan McKeever said: “We have known for many years that Burwash School is a very special place and that staff, pupils and governors have worked hard to make it so. We are especially pleased that the ‘Outstanding’ rating places us in the top six per cent of primary schools nationally. We do the very best we can for our children and we are so proud of all that has been achieved.”

School Council chairperson and year six pupil Mia Bowles explained: “I really like the teachers here and we all enjoy being at Burwash School because we always have friends to play with and we are never bored.”

A special service “Celebrating Burwash School” will be held next Wednesday, November 23 at St Bartholomews Parish Church at 9.15am which concludes with the cutting of a celebration cake.

During the two-day Ofsted inspection held between October 19-20 Burwash Church of England Primary School was graded ‘Outstanding’ in every category under inspection.

These categories asked inspectors to comment on overall effectiveness; in other words ‘how good is the school?’ Also considered was the school’s capacity for sustained improvement and outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils. Inspectors had to comment on the effectiveness of provision, leadership and management and consider a special category under the heading: ‘early years foundation stage.’