Preshute Primary School wins 'Outstanding' judgment from Ofsted
Preshute Church of England Primary School in Manton has been judged as 'Outstanding' on all counts by Ofsted after a two-day inspection early last December. After its previous inspection in March 2011 it had been judged as 'Good'.
Ofsted found the school's overall effectiveness was 'Outstanding' - and gave the same judgment on all the five areas investigated during the inspection:
• Effectiveness of leadership and management,
• Quality of teaching, learning and assessment,
• Personal development, behaviour and welfare,
• Outcomes for pupils
• Early years provision.
The summary of the inspectors' key findings for parents and pupils opens: "In this outstanding school, the motto 'Live life, love learning', is breathed every day. It truly reflects the headteacher's, school leaders', and governing body's determination to 'whet the appetite for lifelong learning.'
The report gives great credit to the headteacher, Mrs Celia Hicks: "The headteacher's drive and ambition for the school has ensured that all aspects of the school have improved since the last inspection; they are now all outstanding."
There is just one line in the report section headed 'What does the school need to do to improve further?': "Provide more opportunities for all staff to share the very best aspects of their work."
But one of the opinions in the report that really grabs your attention, says this: "Complacency is not part of this school. Staff at all levels play their part in driving school improvement. The school is developing leaders at all levels."
The report also praises the work of the governing body as being 'outstanding.'
The school, which has seven classes and currently caters for 200-plus pupils, has old buildings in an awkward position in the village and there was a recent attempt to find a new site for a newly built school. There is now talk of a new school being built as part of a housing development north of College Fields and Barton Park.
The Ofsted report does refer to the school's buildings: "The school's buildings and outside spaces are small and cramped. Nevertheless, every centimetre is maximised form its learning potential...Although the corridors are tight, everyone takes great care to ensure displays [of work] are not damaged."
The school is part of the Marlborough collaboration of schools, working with Great Bedwyn, Ramsbury and St Michael's (Aldbourne) schools - a group known locally as the GRAP schools. Preshute School has a lower than average number of pupils eligible for free school meals.