Ofsted declares St Andrew’s Primary is no longer a ‘Special Measures’ school!

Our staff are celebrating at St Andrew’s CE Primary School in Fontmell Magna, following the news that Ofsted has moved them out of special measures.

The school was rated as ‘Inadequate’ in 2016, and after that saw 15 different Headteachers appointed who then resigned, which was hugely disruptive to pupils. SAST took over the school in 2020 and appointed current Headteacher Debbie Brown in 2021. Ofsted praised them saying this has “created stability in the school” and that since they have taken over “leaders have high expectations…. they have strived to re-establish a positive learning environment for pupils”.

Ofsted went on to say that “pupils are receiving a broad and balanced curriculum in every key stage” and “Pupils are rightly at the heart of everything that is done in the school”. Music and sport were highlighted as important features, with the inspector saying, “Despite the school being smaller than the average-sized school, sports teams are very successful”.

Headteacher Debbie Brown said “We are delighted to share the news that we are no longer a ‘Special Measures’ school! The report is full of comments about the positive progress that has been made over the last year and demonstrates that our plans for further improvement are on the right track. We are lucky to have incredible staff and families supporting our school, ensuring it is fantastic learning environment for our children”.

Colin Sinclair, SAST CEO said “We are incredibly proud of Debbie and her team in Fontmell Magna, they have worked tirelessly to transform nearly every aspect of the school, with support from our School Improvement team. This Ofsted report reflects what a rapidly improving school St Andrew’s now is -it is not easy to turn round a school in special measures, but the team have done just that, putting the children first and giving them the best opportunities to thrive”.


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