‘Inspirational’ headteacher leads Ashill Primary School to ‘Good’ Ofsted

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An “inspirational headteacher, well supported by knowledgeable and dedicated subject leaders” have been instrumental in turning a school around.

Ashill Primary School has just been judged to be “good” by Ofsted inspectors after it was said to require improvement in January last year. Kelly Scott remains at the helm of the school.

The report said: “The inspirational headteacher, well supported by knowledgeable and dedicated subject leaders, provides strong leadership and direction for the school.

“Since the last inspection, she has been the driving force in bringing together the whole school community and ensuring rapid improvements in the quality of teaching and learning. Her expectations are shared by all staff and the governing body.”

The report said the school had undergone substantial changes to staffing since the previous inspection.

The report said: “Dedicated staff and a well-planned programme of training have resulted in teaching being typically good. Some is outstanding.

“Good relationships between staff and pupils create a positive climate for learning.

“Teachers mark work thoroughly. They make sure pupils respond to their comments and challenges, and this has helped them to make accelerated progress.

“Additional adults provide valuable support for the learning of small groups and individual pupils.

“Pupils’ behaviour around the school and in lessons is good. They are friendly, polite and well-mannered, and are respectful to adults and each other.

“Pupils are proud of their school. They say they feel safe and enjoy coming to school.

“Children in Reception make a good start thanks to well-taught, exciting learning activities.

“Governors know the school well. They work closely with leaders, ask challenging questions and ensure that development priorities are successfully tackled.”

The school, which has 105 pupils, who are almost all white British, was given pointers on where it could improve to achieve an “outstanding” rating.

The report said: “In some lessons more-able pupils are not sufficiently challenged to attain the higher levels of which they are capable.

“Pupils do not develop a good understanding of the diversity of cultures that make up modern Britain.

“Pupils are not given enough opportunities to practise the skills they learn in English and mathematics in other subjects.”