Staff were thrown in at the deep end at Queen Eleanor’s CofE Primary School in Guildford when the new school year began with an Ofsted visit.
But the report published at the end of September showed that the Good Shepherd Trust academy had stayed on point and continued to be ‘good’ despite the summer break and having managed a period of considerable expansion.
The school was praised for its clear focus on ensuring the best possible outcomes for pupils through a period of significant change which saw the school grow from two to three classes. The school had also taken on an additional bulge class in 2015 meaning the school’s size has increased from 240 to its current 373.
The short inspection found improvements in key aspects of teaching and learning which meant that pupils of all abilities were appropriately challenged.
Pupils were also described as well-behaved and tolerant with a marked understanding of different faiths and beliefs.
Attainment in reading, writing and mathematics was described as ‘consistently strong’ with a high proportion of pupils exceeding expectations at age 11.
Headteacher Roger Blackburn said: “We are pleased with the Ofsted report as we feel it captures the school very well.
“The excellent teaching and learning has meant that all groups of pupils are able to make very good progress during their time with us and we look forward to taking the school to outstanding at our next inspection.”