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Shaftesbury Primary celebrates GOOD Ofsted report

Shaftesbury CE Primary School is delighted to have been recognised as ‘Good’ by Ofsted, following an inspection before Easter. The school had previously been rated as ‘Requires Improvement’ following inspections in both 2014 and 2018, but due to the work Headteacher Paul Lavis in building a strong team, and setting ambitious goals for the school, their hard work has now been recognised.

Ofsted praised pupils, saying they talk ‘about the importance of aiming high and being respectful to others’ and that they are ‘proud of their school and enjoy learning’. The ambitious curriculum which was brought in before the pandemic was highlighted as an area of improvement, with Ofsted saying it had ‘raised expectations of pupils’ learning’.  The school is also very good at meeting the needs of children with SEND needs, ensuring they are fully integrated into their classes with the right support.

Reading was praised, with the inspectors saying ‘the curriculum is implemented effectively…and prepares children to be keen and skilled readers’. Teachers nurture a love of reading, and the school has a brilliant, well-stocked library for the children to enjoy.

Headteacher Paul Lavis said “I’m so proud of our achievements and thrilled for our children and families who can now boast that they come to a school that the world sees as a ‘good’ school. We have such a great team here (including our governors who provide us with fantastic support and guidance) – all pulling in the same direction to provide a learning environment that has us all feeling safe and loved and that inspires everyone to be the best they can be. Well done to all.”

Colin Sinclair, SAST CEO, said “We are incredibly proud of the hard work of Paul and his team in raising standards, and delivering excellent education to pupils at the school. It is a difficult job to improve a school following a ‘Requires Improvement’ grading, but the team have done that and more!”

Colin sat down with Paul to talk about the school’s improvement journey, find out more in the video below:

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