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Winsham Primary School's OFSTED delight
7:00pm Friday 1st November 2013 in Somerset
STAFF and pupils at Winsham Primary School are not alone in celebrating the results of their recent OFSTED report.
Members of the tight-knit community and high-profile figures alike have come together to praise the school for gaining a ‘good’ rating in all areas after its previous report two years ago rated it ‘satisfactory’.
Key findings in the inspection, which took place on October 3-4, include: “Pupils say the school is an exciting place to be and that they love learning.
“They enjoy carrying out their responsibilities and take a full part in all the many activities.
“This enriches their personal and social skills, creating a very positive climate for learning.
“Since the last inspection progress has improved and all groups of pupils now achieve well.
“The local community is exceptionally supportive, providing a volunteer reader for every pupil in the school.”
The school’s 36 pupils, aged between four and 11, are equally delighted with the outcome.
Sarah Stringer, head teacher for more than four years, said: “The pupils are over the moon – we held a tea party on Friday so they could celebrate with members of the community.
“We’re all very happy with the report – it’s lovely to have what we already knewwritten down in black and white so other people can see it.
“It’s a brilliant celebration and has uplifted the whole community.
“We have a very stable, hardworking staff team who have put a lot of work and effort into ensuring that the school is good in all areas, and we’ll carry on working to improve that further.
“The parents are all thrilled about the report because they’ve seen the effort we’ve put in. “We have very supportive parents, a Parents and Friends Association which raises wonderful amounts of money, and a strong team of governors who have also helped us improve.”
The school has three teachers, including Mrs Stringer, four teaching assistants and various support staff.
It is also part of the Pentagon Group, which includes Ashill, Buckland St Mary, Combe St Nicholas and Neroche primary schools.
Mrs Stringer said: “We’ve worked very closely with each other over the past 20 years and the other schools have definitely helped us on the way to achieving a ‘good’ rating.”
Yeovil MP David Laws said: “This report shows OFSTED has recognised the fantastic improvements being made at Winsham Primary School.
“Sarah Stringer, the staff and the pupils have worked incredibly hard over the past few years and their efforts have been rewarded.
“I’m delighted and I’d like to congratulate everyone involved with the school.”
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