A big plus for Bishop Henderson school in latest Ofsted report
Pupils, staff and governors at a village school are celebrating confirmation from Ofsted of a major improvement in performance.
Bishop Henderson Church of England Primary School in Coleford was judged to be good in all four categories: achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety, and leadership and management – an improvement on the last inspection where it was judged to be just satisfactory.
Head teacher Tonie Scott said: "We have been given lots of positive feedback in the report and are very proud of our school and all that we have achieved since the last inspection. We have a great school community with enthusiastic children, dedicated staff and very supportive parents and governors, which will enable us to keep going from strength to strength."
Chair of governors, Carole Parr, added: "We have always known that it's a good school and now it's official."
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The inspectors recognised many positive features of the school and noted in the report: "The wellbeing of pupils is given the highest priority and the school is a welcoming, highly supportive and caring environment for pupils and their families."
The report also praises the school for making improvements since the last inspection: "Children make good progress throughout the early years foundation stage and continue to do so in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. As a result, pupils' achievement is good and has improved significantly since the last inspection."
Inspectors say improvements could be made to make the school outstanding, the highest available rating, by ensuring teachers use assessment information fully to plan tasks that meet the needs of all pupils in all lessons so that they make rapid and sustained progress through Key Stage 2, particularly in maths and by sharing best practice between teaching staff.