Castledown is good in all areas say inspectors

Castledown headteacher Neil Small with pupils
Castledown headteacher Neil Small with pupils

A PRIMARY school was described as a ‘happy and harmonious community’ by Ofsted following a recent inspection.

Castledown Primary School, in Priory Road, was judged as ‘good’ in all four key areas: achievement of pupils; quality of teaching; behaviour and safety of pupils; and leadership and management.

The report published last Friday (October 11) is an improvement on the previous rating of ‘satisfactory’. Inspectors noted that improvements in teaching have meant that the standards reached by pupils have risen significantly.

The report also praised the behaviour of the pupils, stating: “The school is a happy and harmonious community in which pupils from different backgrounds relate well to each other.”

It also gave credit to the leadership of the school, stating: “The headteacher, working closely with the deputy headteacher, is passionately committed to ensuring that the school provides the best possible education for its pupils.”

Headteacher Neil Small said: “The report is full of positive comments and I am proud of our staff and children who have seen the school grow in its success.

“We are delighted with the report and we feel it reflects the our school.”

The school was not yet ‘outstanding’ according to the report, because it needed to develop pupils’ opportunities to learn for themselves and each other, and the teachers should share more examples of outstanding practice with each other.

Mr Small said that the school agreed with these comments and was already working on these areas.