Beacon is a happy school

PUBLISHED: 02:01 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:58 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH'S Beacon School has received a glowing report from the Government's education watchdog, after they described it as a 'happy school' and praised teachers for rising standards. And Ofsted inspectors said that The Beacon Church of England Primary Sch

EXMOUTH'S Beacon School has received a glowing report from the Government's education watchdog, after they described it as a 'happy school' and praised teachers for rising standards.And Ofsted inspectors said that The Beacon Church of England Primary School was set to get even better.The report comes as Sue Lockwood, who has been acting head for the past year, takes over the role full time from the beginning of the summer term.Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools (HMI) Michael Burghart cited 'good leadership and management' at the heart of the improvement and that he was highly impressed after spending two days at the school.He said: "The Beacon takes good care of pupils (and) is improving. It is a happy school where pupils feel safe and valued."He said that, while the children start at the 168-pupil school with skills and experience below that which is normally expected, by the time they leave they achieve national standards in English, maths and science.One proud parent told Mr Berghart: "I am full of praise for the way the school brings out the best in my children."Even the pupils had nothing but praise and said: "All the staff are friendly - and they listen to you."Mr Berghart added: "Pupils enjoy school and usually show good attitudes. Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. Pupils make a good contribution to the running of the school and to the community in general, for example through charity fund raising."Children enjoyed a wide range of extra-curricular activities, he said, and praised the teachers and governors."Good leadership and management have been at the heart of the school's recent positive track record and now give the school a good capacity for further development," he said.Mrs Lockwood said: "I am delighted that our pupils' good personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is recognised and their good contributions to both the school and the wider community are highlighted."Chairman of governors the Reverend Adrian Graesser said: "It is very good to have Ofsted recognise that it is a school renowned for its care, which is seeking to raise standards and bring out the best in each child.

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