Otterton school wins double report praise

PUBLISHED: 02:01 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 June 2010

OTTERTON Primary School staged a double celebration this week after two separate inspection reports gave them top marks. Ofsted said every aspect of life at Otterton Church of England Primary School was good or outstanding, while pupils showed 'outstandin

OTTERTON Primary School staged a double celebration this week after two separate inspection reports gave them top marks.Ofsted said every aspect of life at Otterton Church of England Primary School was good or outstanding, while pupils showed 'outstanding enjoyment of their education'.One pupil told inspectors: "It's great here and I don't want to leave."A second report on the church school by the Diocese of Exeter said it was 'outstanding' at meeting the needs of all learners and it benefited from outstanding leadership and management.The Diocesan inspector Jenny Pestridge said: "Learners are confident, articulate and really enjoy their school."There is a genuine sense of warmth and friendliness in all the relationships in the school, including all members of the community."The Christian ethos of the school is being maintained and developed by the strong and dynamic leadership of the headteacher. The distinctiveness of the vision of the head is shared and supported by committed staff, governors and parents."Ofsted inspected Otterton just before the Diocesan visit in a 'short' inspection reserved only for high performing schools.Lead inspector Michael Barron said: "This is a good school. It provides a good education for pupils and prepares them well for the next stage of their education."It is well led and managed by an enthusiastic headteacher. Consistently good teaching, linked to a curriculum which serves the needs of pupils well, enables them to make good progress from the day they start school."Achievement is good in all year groups so that, by Year 6, pupils attain standards above the national average overall."He added: "There is a pleasant family atmosphere about the school and parents are overwhelmingly positive in their appreciation of the caring way the school looks after their children."One parent told Mr Barron: "I am impressed by the caring and imaginative curriculum that ensures that children learn the most."Otterton headteacher Pat Fowler said: "We are thrilled with both the reports, which we feel reflect the hard work, enthusiasm and commitment of everyone involved with the school. Both reports clearly reflect how much the children enjoy coming to this school and recognise the strong caring Christian ethos which encourages all our children to grow in confidence.

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