Yet another village school has proved small size is no barrier to excellence by achieving an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted result.
Children, governors, staff and parents of Barcombe Primary School are celebrating the result of their recent Ofsted inspection.
The school was visited by inspectors in June. They concluded: “This is an outstanding school.”
The ‘Outstanding’ result was awarded to each category of the school’s performance - something only two other schools in East Sussex have achieved under the new Ofsted framework.
Head teacher Stewart James praised the children, all the staff, the governors as well as the whole Barcombe community. He commented; “This really is a fantastic achievement from the whole team. We always knew we had a very special little school but this has confirmed it.”
The inspector commented on children’s behaviour; “Relationships are excellent throughout the school. Pupils are very successfully encouraged to make the right choices, forgive others and to try again if they make a mistake. Pupils of all ages trust their teachers and are confident that their classmates will support their efforts and contribution. They readily share in each other’s success and are quick to praise their classmates when they have done well.”
Mr James says his vision is to create a safe, caring and creative environment that will encourage children to develop a lifelong love of learning. “We aim to provide inclusive, stimulating, personalised, high quality teaching ensuring a school that is acknowledged for its excellence and children who are happy, confident, secure and independent. We ensure we listen to pupils, parents, staff and the wider community as we work within the heart of our village and beyond.”
Deputy head teacher Mrs Ruth Force comments: “This statement underpins the ethos and vision of this very successful school.”
The Ofsted report goes on to say the head teacher is supported by a highly effective team of senior and middle leaders. “They model the highest standards of professionalism in all they do and make a substantial contribution to the school’s success.”
It goes on: “Pupils’ outstanding attitudes to learning and excellent behaviour make a significant contribution to their progress and to their enjoyment of school. They are courteous, confident and co-operative learners.”
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