Ofsted Grade Good
We are delighted to tell you that the recent Ofsted visit to our school was very successful and the inspectors found that Castlecombe Primary School is a GOOD school!
In brief, the inspectors told us that the school has improved since the last inspection and that:
- There is a culture of high expectations for staff and pupils and, as a result, the school is providing a good quality of education and continuing to improve.
- Leaders, including governors, have a clear understanding of the school’s performance and are ambitious to improve further.
- Leaders check regularly on the progress that pupils are making. They identify dips and respond to issues effectively.
- The overall quality of teaching and learning is good. As a result, the majority of pupils currently in the school make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics.
- Pupils benefit from an interesting, broad curriculum within and beyond the school day.
- Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and those who are
disadvantaged make good progress from their starting points.
- The teaching of phonics is a strength of the school. Effective teaching enables pupils to gain early reading skills and use this knowledge when they read and write independently.
- Pupils read with interest and enjoyment. They can describe in detail what they like about the
book they are reading and have successful strategies to tackle the more difficult words.
- Pupils behave well and show good attitudes to learning. They are polite and welcoming. Pupils of all ages work and play well together.
- Pupils’ well-being and safeguarding are high priorities. Pupils feel very safe in school.
- Pupils enjoy the school and attendance is now in line with the national average. Leaders have worked tirelessly to reduce pupils’ absence.
- High expectations, effective teaching and caring relationships help children in the early years to make good progress.