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Saturday, 23 September 2017
PUPILS and staff at a Henley school are celebrating after receiving the highest rating possible from education watchdog Ofsted.
Trinity Primary School was rated “outstanding” overall and in every category following an inspection last month. It was previously rated “good” overall.
Headteacher Helen Jones, who joined the Vicarage Road school three years ago, said: “We are all absolutely thrilled with the report.
“We were last inspected in January 2012 and had been eagerly anticipating this opportunity to show Ofsted how hard the staff and children, supported by governors, parents and our Henley community, have worked to create a school of which we are all extremely proud.
“This is a phenomenal achievement that reflects the commitment and collective dedication of our talented staff, families and children to ensure that we always achieve the best we can. It’s an outstanding school at every level — it’s the best possible judgement we could get.”
Inspector Matthew Newberry commended the school for its broad and creative curriculum which ensured “excellent opportunities for personal and academic development”. He said pupils developed a love of learning and were well prepared for the next stages of their education.
Mr Newberry said: “Staff, pupils and parents are exceptionally positive about all aspects of the school.
“Teachers and teaching assistants have very good relationships with pupils and set high expectations about what pupils can achieve and how they should behave.
“The headteacher’s first-rate leadership has improved all aspects of the school since the last inspection. Governors and senior leaders are highly effective.
“Together, they have created a culture where staff and pupils thrive.
“Trinity Primary School makes an outstanding contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It prepares them very well for life in modern, diverse Britain.
“Pupils behave especially well throughout the school. They are considerate towards each other and treat everyone as equals.
“Excellent relationships, motivating teaching and skilful questioning have led to pupils’ outstanding progress in English, mathematics and a range of other subjects.” The inspector said the school could improve still further by developing assessment and tracking systems across science and the wider curriculum and promoting the same high standards of presentation that are currently found in English and maths.
It could also improve the outside area for reception children further by including a wider range of activities to complement the literacy and numeracy activities available in the classroom.
Mrs Jones said: “Where do you take a school that’s already outstanding? There’s always work to be done because education doesn’t stay still, it changes all the time and you respond.
“We have got to be on the ball and quick to respond to the new things that are going on to make our children eligible and ready for what life is going to present when they get older.
“It’s not just about academic results, it’s about the whole child. We have a values education here which we have really implemented in the last three years.
“Children know how to behave towards each other and they respect each other.”
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