Village school is ‘outstanding’, says new inspection report

Children and staff celebrate at Crowhurst Church of England Primary School
Children and staff celebrate at Crowhurst Church of England Primary School

Crowhurst Primary School has gained top marks in a recent Church of England inspection which rated it as ‘outstanding’.

The inspection, which took place in November last year, judged the school to be ‘outstanding’ in every respect.

The inspector who visited Crowhurst Primary School observed lessons and met with staff, parents and governors.

The school’s headteacher, Andrew Jervis, said: “This is a fantastic outcome for the whole school community and reflects the hard work by students, parents/carers, staff and governors of the school.

“The report recognises the imaginative approaches taken by the school such as ‘Prayer Spaces’ and ‘Experience Christmas and Easter’ to develop its Christian character.”

The Church of England inspection report recognised strengths including; ‘an all pervading ethos of love and care which results in excellent behaviour and an optimum environment for learning’ and an ‘extensive range of opportunities for spiritual development’.

Parents’ contributions to the inspection included speaking highly of ‘opportunities and care given to their children’.

One parent reported that her child had said ‘it’s not just my school, it’s my family!’

Parents also reported that they ‘value the strong links with St George’s Church’ and appreciated the chance to attend focused discussion sessions with the headteacher and value the ‘open door’ policy with all the staff.

The inspector also noted that the recent building programme has provided an improved environment for learning while celebrating links with St George’s Church in the outward appearance of the new extension.

Mr Jervis told the Observer: “I am delighted with the outcome of this inspection.

“It has been very exciting to journey together as a school, trying new and exciting ways to grow and develop together.

“To have an objective, outside observer recognise how significantly the school has improved is testament to the tremendous hard work and commitment of everyone in our school community.”