St Peter’s head hails ‘fantastic’ pupils, parents and staff as Budleigh school gets ‘good’ Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 09:25 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:52 15 June 2017

St Peter's Primary School headteacher, Steve Hitchcock. Ref exb 05-16AW 8040. Picture: Alex Walton

St Peter's Primary School headteacher, Steve Hitchcock. Ref exb 05-16AW 8040. Picture: Alex Walton

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Staff and pupils at St Peter’s Primary School are celebrating after getting a positive report from government assessors.

The Budleigh Salterton school, in Moor Lane, was given a ‘good’ rating by an Ofsted assessor following a visit last month.

A previous inspection held four years ago also rated the school as ‘good’.

Headteacher Steve Hitchcock said: “I was really pleased that the Inspector recognised the huge amount of work that has gone into improving education at St Peter’s.

“Together, the whole community has built a strong and positive ethos that is summed up well by our motto ‘growing together in mind, body and spirit’.

“We have fantastic pupils, parents and staff - I am a very lucky headteacher.

“We are now fully committed to continue to develop and improve every aspect of what we do.”

In the report Ofsted inspector Wendy Marriott said that following the last inspection in 2013, teachers were asked to improve the quality of teaching.

In a letter to Mr Hitchcock, Mrs Marriott said: “Teachers now regularly work together and have valuable coaching sessions with leaders and external advisers.

“Assessment now has a more central place in how teachers identify and plan the way they close the gaps in pupils’ knowledge and skills.”

She also commended the school for ensuring all teachers understand how to ‘best meet the needs in lessons of pupils who have special educational needs’.

The inspector also said pupils’ spelling has been developed through teaching raising expectations and that children in early years are making progress in their writing. It was also noted that the school had ‘invested heavily’ in maths resources.

Mrs Marriott added: “More pupils across the school are now working at the expected level, but the inconsistent development of pupils’ mathematical thinking is still limiting their chances of reaching their potential for high achievement.”

Mrs Marriott pointed out that, moving forward, the school more pupils to achieve highly in maths and the standards of writing would need to continue to improve.

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