Bottisham Community Primary School celebrate a consecutive ‘Good’ Ofsted rating
Staff and pupils at Bottisham Community Primary School are celebrating a consecutive ‘Good’ Ofsted rating, following its most recent inspection.
The school, which is part of Anglian Learning, was praised for providing pupils with ‘rich opportunities’ and an ‘ambitious curriculum’ for learning. Inspectors stated that the school continues to be Good – a judgement that it has now consistently held since 2006.
The report, which was published following the school’s visit in June, stated: “Pupils are proud of their school. They enjoy talking about the learning they do in class and about their school motto, ‘better learning for better living’.”
“Older pupils take on a range of responsibilities. For instance, some volunteer as school librarians, helping to keep the library organised and reading to younger pupils. Other pupils play an active role in the school council or the eco council.”
The school was praised for providing pupils with a secure and nurturing learning environment, with the report stating: “Pupils enjoy coming to this school and feel safe. Pupils and families know that staff have high expectations for behaviour.
The report added: “Pupils know that they can speak to adults or use their ‘worry boxes’ if they do ever experience issues. Adults resolve these rare issues quickly and effectively.”
Headteacher at Bottisham Community Primary School, Rachael Johnston, said: “I am delighted that the hard work undertaken by our school’s staff, children and the community has been acknowledged in this Ofsted report.
“This is an excellent achievement which recognises our commitment to providing a happy, caring and stimulating environment where children are able to achieve their fullest potential and are at the centre of everything we do.
“I would like to thank our whole school community for making this achievement possible; from our staff who work passionately each day to ensure our children develop a love for learning, to our governors who support and challenge us and our pupils and their families who make the school such a vibrant and happy place.”
The arrangements for safeguarding at the school were reported as being effective with the report stating: “Leaders have created a culture of safeguarding at the school. Appropriate checks are made on new staff. A rigorous reporting system ensures nothing is missed.
“Staff are proud to work at this school. They value the changes leaders have introduced, including new ways to mark pupils’ work. This helps staff develop their skills and
reduces their workload. Staff feel well supported by leaders.”
Inspectors, who visited the school on 29th and 30th June 2022, stated that: “Pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), benefit from an ambitious curriculum and typically achieve well, as high expectations are realised. Year 6 pupils are well prepared for secondary school.”
The extra-curricular trips and activities were also highlighted as a strength in the report. The report stated: “Adults are skilled in promoting children’s language development. They provide rich opportunities for children to explore the world around them, from learning in the woodland area to hatching butterflies. Children are busy, they concentrate hard and get on well together.”
The inspector identified only one area for improvement which was to plan more opportunities for pupils to deepen their knowledge of key vocabulary across the curriculum.
Jonathan Culpin, CEO of Anglian Learning, said: “This is Bottisham Community Primary School’s first Ofsted rating since joining the Trust in 2018, and we are tremendously proud to have them as part of our family and to see them thrive.
“This report is a testament to the dedication of Rachael, the governors and school’s senior leaders, staff, pupils, parents, carers and everyone else connected with this fantastic school. I congratulate them all for their ongoing hard work and enthusiasm.”
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