Bishop visits Exmouth school to celebrate inspection report

STAFF at an Exmouth primary welcomed the Bishop of Crediton to their school as they continue to celebrate a top class report from church inspectors.

The Rt Rev Bob Evens visited Withycombe Raleigh Church of England Primary last Monday.

The school was rated ‘outstanding’ by inspectors from Ofsted earlier this year.

They said achievement throughout the school was of a high level as a result of the excellent learning culture and strong inclusive ethos.

The majority of pupils achieved exceptionally high standards and their learning and progress were good.

Then, this term, a separate inspection by the Diocese of Exeter praised Withycombe Raleigh for the outstanding way it met the needs of all learners and the effectiveness of its leadership and management.

Church inspector Jackie Rudman visited the school in September and her report concluded: “The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Withycombe Raleigh as a Church of England school are outstanding.”

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She said headteacher Stephen Powley, his assistant heads, management team and the governors offered outstanding leadership and lived out the Christian vision of the school.

Mrs Rudman said: “The Christian principles of love and care for each individual are clearly seen in every aspect of school life and permeate all relationships.”

The school had dedicated and skilful teachers and support staff who valued good relationships and nurtured children as individuals. The pupils were enthusiastic and confident and clearly enjoyed school.

Mr Powley, who took over at Withycombe Raleigh at Easter, said he was delighted to welcome Bishop Bob to the school to celebrate its success.

“Our wonderful parents contribute high levels of support and encouragement towards making us such a successful school,” he said.

“The future vision for our school sees our continued development as a ‘learning centre’ for both our local and extended community and for the expansion of our ‘inclusive’ and ‘enriched’ curriculum.

“I am very proud to be headteacher of such a caring and successful school and look forward to leading it forward with continued high levels of achievement and enjoyment of learning for all.”