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Ofsted praise for transformed Addlestone academy

Date: 20 February 2017

Pupils and headteacher gather on stairs to give thumbs up to OfstedSt Paul’s CofE Primary School, Addlestone, is celebrating after Ofsted confirmed the academy’s remarkable transformation by declaring it ‘Good’ in all areas.

In its first full Ofsted inspection since becoming an academy with the diocese's Good Shepherd Trust in April 2014, the school’s leadership, culture, teaching and pupils were all singled out for praise.

The report puts an official end to a rocky period in the school’s recent history which led to it being placed in Special Measures in September 2012 when inspectors criticised the school for pupils’ lack of progress and inconsistent teaching.

But inspectors, who visited the school of almost 400 pupils in January, have now praised achievement throughout the school saying that ‘pupils make good progress in a range of subjects’, adding that the proportions of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics exceeded the national averages last year.

Progress was also good for disadvantaged pupils and those with disabilities or special educational needs with the inspectors noting that they received ‘effective support’ and that the proportion of disadvantaged pupils in last year’s Year 6 who made better than expected progress was greater than their classmates.

Pupils were described as ‘thirsty to learn’ and praised for their caring attitudes to one another. Inspectors also reported that there were good opportunities for pupils’ spiritual and moral development and that pupils were inspired to be fit and active with a wide range of additional clubs.

Headteacher Louise Johnson, credited with 'leading the ongoing improvement successfully' said: “I feel privileged to lead a team of dedicated and skilled staff who work tirelessly for all the children at St Paul’s. 

"The good outcomes for our children prove that we have focused on the right things on our journey of improvement and we are delighted that the Ofsted inspection has validated this. We’re all now looking forward to a new and exciting chapter in the life of St Paul’s!”

Chief executive officer of The Good Shepherd Trust Dr Peter Simpson said: “ I am delighted that Ofsted has acknowledged  the standard of education  offered at St Paul’s. It has been a joy to support and watch its progress.

"All children deserve the best possible education and St Paul’s is making a very valuable contribution to  the lives of the children it serves. ”

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