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Joy as school moves from special measures to good

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: June 02, 2014

Sheepscombe Primary School now has a good Ofsted rating

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JUBILANT staff and children at Sheepscombe Primary School are celebrating after being awarded a ‘good’ Ofsted rating two years after being placed in special measures.

The report praises the small, rural school for its ‘good leadership and strong teamwork having brought about a significant change for the better in the culture of learning’.

Headteacher Sara Bennion said it is an ‘endorsement of all the hard work, dedication and support displayed by staff, parents and governors‘ in recent months’.

Ofsted inspectors highlighted the school’s good progress from their starting points, high standards, good attainment at the end of Key Stage 2 and good progress for Year 2 children.

The only areas highlighted for improvement were that occasionally, the expectation of what pupils can achieve is not consistently high in every lesson, and opportunities for pupils to reach the performance levels they are capable of in sport are not yet well established.

“I’m thrilled that the school has received such a positive report,” said Sara, who joined the school in September last year.

“This is a richly-deserved reward for the huge efforts shown by all staff, governors and the children themselves over the last couple of years, and of course, for the unshakeable support of parents who contribute so much to school life.

“We can now look forward to a secure future and build on our strengths as a truly self-confident school.”

Sheepscombe Primary now has 40 children on the roll, with pupils travelling from Sheepscombe itself, the surrounding villages, Stroud, and as far as Gloucester and Brockworth.

“As well as delivering the national curriculum with great results, we’re proud that we’re also able to retain our core values of providing an integrated family atmosphere which focuses on individual children and creates memorable and exciting learning opportunities,” said Sara.

Chairman of governors Derek Newman said: “This is fantastic confirmation that Sheepscombe School can now be really proud of its achievements and go forward with its head held high. It’s a solidly good school which always puts its pupils first, and to go from special measures to ‘good’ is a remarkable achievement.”

The full report can be viewed on the school website, www.sheepscombeschool.co.uk or at www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports.

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