Ofsted success for Exeter Road School

Exeter Road Primary School pupils and staff are celebrating Ofsted success after government inspectors recognised the school had made good progess.

The future is bright for an Exmouth primary school which has received a top notch Ofsted report.

Government education inspectors said Exeter Road Primary School is a ‘good school’ which is set to become even better.

Headteacher Paul Gosling said he was ‘proud’ of the high regard the school held among parents.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted that the hard work and commitment of staff and pupils at Exeter Road Community Primary School has been recognised by Ofsted.

“Staff and governors at the school look forward to continuing to raise the level of achievement of all its pupils over the next few years and seeing the school build upon its success and good reputation.”

After spending two days at the school, inspectors reported the overall effectiveness of the school was good, as were the achievements of the pupils, the quality of teaching, pupil behaviour, safety of the children and the leadership and management.

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The inspection found pupils with special needs made ‘outstanding progress’ thanks to the ‘highly-focused’ support from ‘well-trained, caring’ staff.

School standard lead inspector Andrew Saunders praised Mr Gosling for his drive to improve the school.

Mr Saunders said: “The vision for ensuring high quality teaching and learning is shared widely and has meant the school has improved since the last inspection.

“There is strong capacity to improve further.”

The report said youngsters starting at the school had below standard skills and knowledge but got off to a ‘flying start’ thanks to the school’s early years teaching - before continuing to make good progress throughout the school.

National standards in reading were achieved by the time pupils left the school, with standards in maths and writing also increasing, the report added.

The school was found to have improved since its last inspection. The inspectors said further improvements could be achieved by staff raising attainments in maths and writing at key stage two.

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