Ofsted applauds primary school

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A PRIMARY school in Buckland has been rewarded with a ‘good’ Ofsted grade.

Inspectors who visited Flying Bull Primary in May described the great care for pupils through the sensitive support and positive encouragement from staff.

They highlighted youngsters’ good progress from reception to year six, good attitudes to learning, a creative curriculum, good teaching, and a ‘strong vision’ from the head and leadership team.

The report said: ‘Pupils who face considerable difficulties in their lives are exceptionally well supported.’

It added: ‘The resource provision for pupils within the city who have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties gives pupils who have difficulties within schools elsewhere the chance to make a new start.’

Flying Bull has a higher than average number of pupils eligible for free school meals.

But social deprivation is not getting in the way of both boys and girls developing good skills in reading, maths and computing, the inspectors noted.

And the school was applauded for its enthusiastic uptake of sports, range of trips and improved attendance rates.

Headteacher Deamonn Hewett-Dale said: ‘This Ofsted is a validation of everything we are doing and all the hard work of our staff, pupils and parents.

‘We left school at the end of term on a high.’