OFSTED says West Buckland Primary School heading in right direction

Pupils and staff at West Buckland Primary School.

Pupils and staff at West Buckland Primary School.

First published in Wellington & Wiveliscombe Somerset County Gazette: Photograph of the Author by

SMILES, smiles and more smiles are painted across the faces of these children and staff (above) at West Buckland Primary School.

The school has been rated as ‘good’ in its latest OFSTED report, and it’s moving in the right direction.

In its previous inspection the school, which is much smaller than the average primary school with just 79 pupils, was graded only as ‘satisfactory’, but the report said “decisive action” had been taken to improve the quality of teaching, especially where it was weaker.

Head teacher Helen MacGregor said: “We were delighted with the report, which recognises the exemplary attitudes of the children, and the hard work of all staff and governors.

“Inspectors praised the exceptionally good climate for learning, impressive levels of independence among pupils and skill of teachers in targeting work to the needs of pupils.”

Pupils at the school also make “good progress” and reach an ability considered above the national averages by the time they leave the school, the report said.

However, the inspection, published this month, highlighted some areas for improvement.

It said teachers need to make sure the pace of learning is maintained when pupils work independently and lesson reviews should “encourage reflection, consolidate what has been learned and address any remaining misconceptions.”

Lead inspector Sandra Woodman observed eight lessons, including four with the head teacher, and evaluated work. Views of parents on an online form were also taken into account.

Ms MacGregor said: “This is a wonderful place to learn and work. Children and adults alike feel very proud of this school.”

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