Orchid Vale Primary School in Haydon End is celebrating an outstanding Ofsted report after an inspection in July, with special commendation for the pupils’ behaviour and eagerness to learn, as well as the excellent leadership provided by headteacher Debbie Kalynka and her team.
In a letter to pupils, lead inspector Joyce Cox highlighted the importance of continuing to work hard, and for the teachers to make sure they consistently communicate what the pupils are to learn, and how well they have performed in their written work.
The report noted the above average number of parent questionnaires returned for the inspection, with the vast majority of respondents expressing a high level of satisfaction with their children’s progress, safety and school experience.
Mrs Kalynka, pictured with children, right, said teamwork is behind the Ofsted success. “Every member of staff and every parent has made an important contribution to Orchid Vale; they all hold the children’s futures close to their hearts.”
In September the school opened another classroom doubling the intake to 60 children per year.
Mrs Kalynka said, “there isn’t any sign of the baby boom in North Swindon slowing down. Last year, after siblings were accepted, we could only take children from a 200 metre radius. With the increased space our catchment has extended to houses within a radius of about 350 metres.
Read the full Ofsted report at: www.orchidvale.swindon.sch.uk