Hilmarton Primary School good in all aspects
10:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in Latest News
Teachers at Hilmarton Primary School have returned from the summer break with a spring in their step after receiving praise in a recent Ofsted inspection.
The school features positively in a report by Ofsted inspector Sarah Jones, who visited on July 3 and 4 and observed 11 lessons.
It was judged to be good in all areas, including achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management.
The report said: “Children join the reception class with knowledge and skills generally below levels expected for their age.
“Good quality teaching and interesting learning activities enable all children to make at least good progress.
“Relationships are exceptionally positive. They are warm, friendly and supportive. Teachers encourage pupils to work with each other and discuss their ideas.
“This approach helps pupils learn to tolerate and accept each other’s opinions, and promotes moral and social development.”
Hilmarton School is a smaller than average sized primary school, with 112 pupils attending classes and 25 members of staff.
Head teacher Sam Churchill, who started at the school in 2009, received the results just before the summer holidays, but she was unable to share them until they went public in September.
She said: “It made for a lovely summer holiday and we’ve come back with a spring in our step.
“We work hard, but to have someone else come in from outside and to recognise all the hard work we do is important.
“It’s difficult to say what we were most pleased with because it’s all so positive. I’m pleased with the bits about relationships being positive.
“That’s the reason why we’re here – to make sure children have a good start on that social side of getting to know each other.”
The report also pointed out areas for improvement, including opportunities for pupils to develop writing skills in all topic areas.
Teachers are asked to make sure questioning is always searching, and there are frequent opportunities for pupils to improve their understanding through discussions.
Mrs Churchill said: “A lot of them are things we are already working on. It says that we’re working on new marking systems and we just need to embed those within the school.
“The inspection system is much more demanding. We have worked hard to make sure we maintain good rather than just coasting.”
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