Colnbrook C of E welcomes ‘Good’ rating as Ofsted says pupils are “well prepared for life in modern Britain”

Children attending Colnbrook Church of England Primary School are well placed for a life in modern Britain says Ofsted, which has given the school the thumbs up in its latest report on the school published ten days ago.

The school's Nursery Playground

The school’s Nursery Playground

The school, which has 219 4-11 year olds on its books, was assessed by a team of three inspectors on June 18 and 19.  They  witnessed 17 lessons, talked to pupils and held meetings with teachers and the headteacher, Susan Marsh.

In a largely glowing report they also rated the school ‘Good’ in all five categories and found:

  • Strong leadership, very capable staff and high morale and skills.
  • Good teaching and good progress by pupils throughout the school, including those with complex learning needs and early years provision.
  • Emphasis on the school’s core values have led to good behaviours.
  • Pupils enjoy going to school and parents and the wider community are overwhelmingly positive about the school.
  • The school’s academy status challenges and supports the school to continually raise standards.
Category Rating
Leadership and management Good
Behaviour and safety of pupils Good
Quality of teaching Good
Achievement of pupils Good
Early years provision Good
Overall effectiveness  Good

The inspectors said that some teaching could be more challenging to ensure all pupils, particularly the most able, make rapid progress.

The school’s strong ethos promotes respect, responsibility and tolerance, which means that pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain.

Colnbrook C of E converted to academy status in June 2013 following an Ofsted inspection that judged it to be inadequate and has made huge strides since then.  That’s in spite of a higher than average proportion of pupils who are deemed disadvantaged, disabled or have special educational needs.  The number of children at the school who speak English as a second language is well above the national average and a quarter of the school’s population originate from Eastern European countries, predominantly Poland and Romania.

Colnbrook's ICT suite. In all classes the children use laptop computers skilfully to extend both their writing and mathematical skills, says Ofsted.

Colnbrook’s ICT suite. In all classes the children use laptop computers skilfully to extend both their writing and mathematical skills, says Ofsted.

Inspectors noted that language difficulties were limiting achievements in mathematics for some pupils.

However, the report also noted the positive aspects of the school’s diversity:

“The provision for pupils’ cultural and spiritual development is secure, strengthened by the pupils’ rich and diverse range of backgrounds ranging from South Africa to India and Poland. Pupils have a good knowledge of different cultures and faiths.”

The school has thanked parents and supporters in a message posted on its website:

“Following our recent Ofsted Inspection in June, we are delighted to announce that our School has been rated as ‘Good.’ Thank you for your continued support.”

Music Nurture Room

Ofsted found the school to be “a very safe and secure learning environment” where children develop high levels of self-confidence and positive self-esteem.

Pippins School was last assessed by Ofsted in September 2011, similarly achieving a ‘Good’ rating.

View the report for yourself here.

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