Inspectors praise positive students

Head teacher Sally Cowell with Gabriel, Charlie, Funke and Libby

Head teacher Sally Cowell with Gabriel, Charlie, Funke and Libby

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @EmmaDunnn

THE positive attitude of pupils at Shaw Ridge Primary School has been given special recognition by Ofsed inspectors.

The school, which is based in Ridge Green, has been given an overall grade of good after inspectors assessed the school at the beginning of the month.

Achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management were also scored as good.

Sally Cowell, who has been headteacher since 2001, said: “The report is a very fair reflection of exactly where we are at.

“We got a good result and we are proud of it.

“We are ready to move forward for the next part of our journey.

“We got ‘good’ across the board but they did recognise that the social, moral, cultural and spiritual guidance we offer is excellent.

“The nicest thing that the inspector said in the feedback was that she would have been proud for her boys to come to our school. The report recognised that teaching is good, pupils’ attitudes to learning are extremely positive and that leadership and management are good.

Inspectors said: “The headteacher’s vision for the school is shared by members of the staff and governing body, helping to develop an interesting and challenging curriculum and ensuring pupils’ excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”

Inspectors said it is a good school, but is not yet outstanding because pupils do not always make sufficient progress in all lessons.

“Behaviour is good and pupils’ attitudes to learning are positive,” said inspectors.

“They care very miuch about one another, their teachers and the school itself.

“They volunteer to mentor others, readily giving up their free time to help their peers at break times.”

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