Marpool gets ‘good’ Ofsted rating

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 November 2017

Marpool primary school Headteacher Rachel Pattison celebrating the ofsted report with the children. Ref exe 45 17TI 3430. Picture: Terry Ife

Marpool primary school Headteacher Rachel Pattison celebrating the ofsted report with the children. Ref exe 45 17TI 3430. Picture: Terry Ife

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Marpool Primary School has been given a ‘good’ rating by Ofsted inspectors.

Staff and pupils at an Exmouth primary school are celebrating a positive Osfted assessment.

Marpool School, in Moorfield Road, has been given a ‘good’ rating by government assessors following an inspection earlier this year.

The inspector praised the school for a sustaining ‘a strong commitment to inclusion and equality’ as well as the ‘exciting learning experiences’ at Marpool.

Head teacher Rachel Pattison was delighted with the assessment.

She said: “We’re really pleased to have been recognised for the really good work that we do with all children.”

Inspector Alexander Baxter praised the schools curriculum and said staff have improved pupils achievements.

He said: “You provide a broad and well-balanced curriculum that encourages pupils to think, explore and learn well together.”

Mrs Pattison added: “We’re a good school and I think the pressure on the curriculum has changed.

“There have been huge changes to the curriculum; it’s lovely to see that we were right to be confident that we were good and then have that confirmed.”

In the report, inspector Mr Baxter also paid tribute to Mrs Pattison, saying the leadership team has maintained the good quality of education.

Mr Baxter said: “You have worked skilfully in recent years to rebuild a new staff team and to strengthen leadership at all levels.”

He also praised the school for how staff look after pupils, saying they feel ‘very safe’ at the school.

Mr Baxter added: “Parents who responded to the questionnaire overwhelming expressed the view that the school keeps their children safe.

“Pupils readily said that they feel very safe in school because ‘we have lots of friends and teachers look after us well’.

“The pupils felt bullying was very rare, but that if it did happen teacher would ‘sort it out straight away’.”

The inspector also told the school that in order to become an outstanding school, it needs to continue focusing on ‘mathematical understanding’ and to develop handwriting and spelling skills.

Mrs Pattison added: “The fact that we have two little areas to work on is good. These are things we had already identified.”

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