Shaw Ridge Primary School has received a good overall Ofsted rating from its recent inspection, and headteacher Sally Cowell is very grateful to the staff, children and parents for their contribution to the school.
She said: “The inspection came at the right time, and the report was published on the same day as our Year 6 leavers’ party when we were able to thank them for all they have done for Shaw Ridge before going on to secondary school. It was a nice reward for all of us at the end of another busy year.”
The inspectors recognised good pupil achievement and behaviour, as well as a good standard of teaching and school leadership.
Sally commented: “We’re particularly pleased by the positive things the inspector said about the social, cultural, moral and spiritual features of the school, and also their recognition of our exciting and challenging curriculum.”
Further focus on pupil progress and attainment across all lessons are what’s needed to improve the judgement to outstanding.But Sally said: “We’re heading in the right direction. I was surprised and particularly pleased that the inspector said that she would have been happy to send her own children to Shaw Ridge.”
Shaw Ridge has gained the Arts Council Artsmark Gold Award in recognition of their broad range of drama, art, crafts and media activities which include visits from artists to work with pupils, trips to museums, drumming workshops and out of school clubs.
Pictured, young artists with deputy headteacher Jan Archer and arts coordinator Naomi Sly