Good Ofsted report for school

Staff and pupils at Withycombe primary school are celebrating their latest OFSTED success. Children

Staff and pupils at Withycombe primary school are celebrating their latest OFSTED success. Children from all years in the photograph illustrate the wide curricular range. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 0591-40-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders. - Credit: Archant

An Exmouth school has been rated as ‘good with outstanding features’ by Ofsted inspectors.

They say pupils at Withycombe Raleigh C of E Primary School achieve above or well above average standards because of good and outstanding teaching.

Three inspectors spent two days at the school during the last week of the summer term, and their report has just been published.

In it, they also say pupils’ behaviour is outstanding, and they enjoy attending school where they feel safe and well cared for.

The school was said to provide a nurturing environment and all the staff were said to be very caring.

The school was previously ranked as ‘outstanding’ in 2010, but since then Ofsted has introduced a tougher inspection regime.

Lead inspector Anne Newall says to become outstanding under the new Ofsted framework, the school needs to continue improving pupil progress and attainment and ensure high ability pupils are pushed to achieve their full potential

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Headteacher Steve Powley said: “Our aim is always to be outstanding and the school continues to improve. We are a high attaining, caring and nurturing church school where our children enjoy an exciting and enriched curriculum.

“We continually strive to ensure high levels of teaching and learning throughout the school.

“Our challenge now is to build on our success and ensure outstanding progress and achievement for all learners all of the time.

“We are also improving the quality of our learning environment with a major new building programme that will benefit our pupils and staff.

“The new two-storey teaching block is almost complete and we are very excited about adding to our modern and well-resourced facilities for our school.

“We will also benefit from a new extension to our hall that is currently underway and be completed by the end of term.”