Village primary school rated good by Ofsted

Great Doddington Primary School OFSTED: Head Teacher, Jan Nesbitt, with some of her pupils.'10/01/12

Great Doddington Primary School OFSTED: Head Teacher, Jan Nesbitt, with some of her pupils.'10/01/12

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Pupils and staff at a primary school have celebrated after scoring good grades from inspectors.

Great Doddington Primary School, which has 123 pupils on its roll, was visited by Ofsted inspectors recently.

The school received level two ‘good’ grades in all areas, which, according to Ofsted’s inspection criteria, means it was judged to be a school which is good, is serving its pupils well and has very positive features.

Inspector Norma Ball wrote in her report: “Great Doddington provides a good quality of education. Pupils are well taught, show an enthusiastic approach to learning and, as a result, make good progress.

“Under the energetic direction of the headteacher, senior leaders and managers, priorities for improvement have been accurately identified and there is a shared commitment to continue to raise attainment and improve the school further.

“A significant feature of the school is the good care, guidance and support provided for pupils. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They are attentive and want to do well.

“Lessons have good pace and questioning is used well by teachers to assess pupils’ understanding and extend their thinking.”

The results are an improvement from the school’s last inspection report in 2008, when it received some grade three satisfactory results.

Headteacher Jan Nesbitt said: “I am really delighted. I think it’s fantastic that Ofsted have recognised the hard work that the children, the staff, the governors and the parents have put in.

“We have worked hard to create a creative curriculum that motivates the children and that encourages them to extend their learning outside of the school. I think that it is having an impact on the standards.

“The progress that we have made was noticed, and we are going to keep working to make sure that our next report is good with outstanding features.”