Joy at "outstanding" Ofsted for Coney Hill primary school
Ofsted visited Coney Hill Community Primary School in February, and rated the school outstanding in every way.
They praised the "culture of care, love and excellence that can be felt from the moment anyone enters the school".
The inspectors found that children enter school with skills well below the levels expected for their age, and leave at the end of Year Six with high attainment. Achievement is outstanding because they have consistently made outstanding progress throughout their seven years in school.
Children told the inspectors that they are very proud of their school. They love their school, for all that it does, both for them and their parents and carers. The inspectors commented on "the ethos of real care and concern that permeates every classroom, and supports the outstanding behaviour of all pupils".
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The inspectors found much of the teaching that they observed during the inspection to be outstanding, with none less than good. They could state with confidence that "the excellent standard of work seen in books confirmed that this high standard of teaching has been sustained over time."
Inspectors were impressed by the progress made by children in Reception, stating that "many enter with skills, knowledge and understanding at well below the levels expected for their age. They make outstanding progress….. so that a majority are near average at the start of Year One, giving them a secure start to the next stage in their learning.'"
They were full of praise for the exceptionally gifted leadership team of the school, and particularly its inspirational headteacher. This team has been successful in making Coney Hill Primary "a beacon of excellence".
Headteacher, Rachel Wadley, said: "Coney Hill Community Primary School is very much a community school and this has been a community achievement. The inspectors were so impressed by the devotion of the whole school community - staff, governors, pupils and parents – who have worked together to make the school so successful. Everybody should be extremely proud."
Chair of Governors, Margaret Bainbridge, said: "We are all very proud of the outcome of our recent inspection. It has been a long and sometimes difficult journey over time, but the immense talents of everyone who works at Coney Hill, and their conviction that every child deserves the best in education, both for work and for life, have given rise to this wonderful result. Children, staff, parents and governors all share a love and a pride in Coney Hill school which never wavers."