Aldbourne's St Michael’s Church of England Aided Primary School judged “OUTSTANDING”!

Written by Nick Maurice on .

Staff, parents and pupils of St Michael’s School in Aldbourne are thrilled to have received their Ofsted report which rates the school to be outstanding in six key areas including 'Effectiveness of Leadership and Management', 'Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment', 'Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare', 'Outcomes for Pupils and 'Early Years Provision'.

Some of the key findings in the report are:
Pupils make rapid and sustained progress throughout their time at school because of the excellent teaching they receive.  Leaders, including governors, have created a culture in which staff are committed fully to driving up standards and supporting the development of the ‘whole child’. They do their utmost to ensure that every child achieves their potential.

Provision and the quality of teaching in the early years are excellent. As a result, children achieve high standards and are prepared exceptionally well for the next stage of their education.  Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and those who are disadvantaged, make very strong progress because of the excellent support they receive.  

The school provides a rich, broad diet of experiences both within and outside the curriculum. This enables pupils to develop the skills and knowledge that will help them move confidently into each new phase of their education.  

Teachers know their pupils extremely well and plan expertly to meet their different needs.  Pupils love learning because teachers are very effective at making learning fun. This encourages pupils to be curious and to value education.   

Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They are highly supportive of each other, and respectfully courteous to staff and visitors.  The most able pupils make excellent progress and achieve high standards of attainment because they are challenged to do so.  

The high-quality work which the school undertakes with a local group of partner schools is having a very positive impact upon the development of teachers’ practice.  Parents, staff and pupils are overwhelmingly positive about the school.

The number of pupils on the school roll is 183 - of which a higher proportion than the national average are girls.  Mrs Judith Arkwright has been St Michael's headteacher for three years and has worked at the school for a number of years in other roles.

What a great way to start the school year!

The school's full OFSTED report can be read here.