Woodbury Salterton gets ‘good’ Ofsted report

PUBLISHED: 06:30 24 September 2017

Woodbury Salterton primary school has been given a 'good' rating by Ofsted. Pictured are last year's school leavers. Ref exe 27 17TI 6425. Picture: Terry Ife

Woodbury Salterton primary school has been given a 'good' rating by Ofsted. Pictured are last year's school leavers. Ref exe 27 17TI 6425. Picture: Terry Ife

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Ofsted inspectors have given Woodbury Salterton Primary School a ‘good’ rating following a recent inspection

Woodbury Salterton primary school has been given a 'good' rating by Ofsted. Pictured are last year's school leavers. Ref exe 27 17TI 6425. Picture: Terry Ife Woodbury Salterton primary school has been given a 'good' rating by Ofsted. Pictured are last year's school leavers. Ref exe 27 17TI 6425. Picture: Terry Ife

The head teacher of Woodbury Salterton Primary School has spoken of the pride felt at getting a positive inspection report.

Following a visit by an Ofsted assessor earlier this year, the village school has been given a ‘good’ rating.

The school was commended for the ‘effective’ work it has done to raise pupils’ attainment in writing since the last inspection four years ago.

Head teacher Duncan Nelmes told The Journal of his delight at the rating, saying it is part of making the school ‘sustainable’.

“It’s good when you get an inspector confirm your own judgement.

“We thought we are a good school and it’s nice when you get recognised for your efforts.”

Mr Nelmes has been head teacher at Woodbury Salterton Primary School for the last two years after becoming joint head with Littleham Primary School.

Both schools now form the Pebblebed Heath Federation.

During the inspection, meetings were held with the Mr Nelmes as well as other staff with leadership responsibilities.

In the report inspector Alexander Baxter praised the leadership of Woodbury Salterton Primary School.

He said: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

“There have been significant changes at the school in recent years that have strengthened provision and pupils’ outcomes.

“This (forming the partnership with Littleham) has widened the range of staff expertise and improved the quality of teaching and learning.

“At the previous inspection, you were asked to raise pupils’ attainment in writing and to provide more opportunities for them to write across a range of subjects.

“Pupils’ work often shows deep levels of thinking expression, for example, when explaining Darwin’s theory of evolution.”

He also praised the addition of nursery education and also commended the school for ‘swift’ action in investigating why outcomes in key stage two mathematics was ‘lower than expected’.

Mr Baxter identified areas the school needs to look at to progress to an ‘outstanding’ grade.

He said staff need to continue to work with parents in improving pupils’ attendance and to advance the reading skills of those pupils who lack confidence.

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