Exmouth primary school bounces back with Good Ofsted rating

PUBLISHED: 14:24 10 December 2018

St Joseph's school children celebrate their good Ofsted report with headteacher Mrs Nicola Taylor-Bashford. Ref exe 47 18TI 5004. Picture: Terry Ife

St Joseph's school children celebrate their good Ofsted report with headteacher Mrs Nicola Taylor-Bashford. Ref exe 47 18TI 5004. Picture: Terry Ife

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Acting headteacher Nicky Taylor-Bashford was singled out for praise by Ofsted's inspectors.

An Exmouth primary school has been given a Good Ofsted rating two years after parents were told it required improvement.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Regents Gate was given the Good rating after an inspection by Ofsted inspectors on October 16 and 17 this year.

The report singles out the acting headteacher, Nicky Taylor-Bashford, for praise as well as highlighting the school’s progress in mathematics.

Ofsted’s report states: “The acting headteacher has brought consistent and effective leadership to the school. Teaching is good and pupils are making good progress.

“Pupils make strong progress in mathematics. Standards have been above the national average at both key stages one and two for the last two years.

“Pupils are confident readers. They acquire phonic skills well. The most able pupils make strong progress in reading. A significant proportion of pupils reach the higher standard at the end of both key stages.”

There are areas in which the school could do better but according to Ofsted, ‘The headteacher and middle leaders have an accurate understanding of where the school should continue to improve’.

Ofsted would like to see an improvement in the ‘quality of leadership and management from all leaders’, focusing on using pupils’ work to check the effectiveness of teaching.

Inspectors would also like to see an improvement in pupils’ handwriting, spelling and punctuation.

The behaviour of pupils at St Joseph’s was described as ‘good’ in the classroom and the playground, ‘largely this is because teaching captures pupils’ interest’.

Headteacher, Nicky Taylor-Bashford, said: “I’m extremely pleased with the report and pleased that Ofsted recognised all the hard work that has been put in by all the staff over the last two years.

“Ofsted recognised that safeguarding was good and they were impressed by the pupils’ behaviour across the school. Inspectors were also very pleased to see the wide learning experiences the children have including forest school and weekly music sessions.”

“St Joseph’s is a fantastic school and I’m very proud of the school and all its staff and children and look forward to it continuing to improve it still further.”

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