An inspection by Ofsted of Haydonleigh Primary School in early June has found it to be good in every area of inspection.
This covers leadership and management, behaviour and safety, quality of teaching, pupil achievement and early years provision.
It’s a particular accolade for Paula Dickens, head of foundation years, who retired at the end of term, after a 36 year career in teaching, the last eight spent at Haydonleigh.
The report states ‘Leadership in the early years is good. All staff carefully plan learning opportunities that excite children’s interest and imagination’ and they ‘know how well each child is doing and what they should be learning next.’
Headteacher Frances Billenge said she was delighted with the report. “The expansion of the school including all the recent building works required constant changes, but everybody took it in their stride.
“I’m so proud of the children and the staff for their commitment to Haydonleigh and ensuring Ofsted judged our school as good across the board.
She paid particular tribute to Paula Dickens, saying: “She has been a phenomenal leader of our Foundation Stage, influencing not only the lives of our youngest learners but also mentoring several teachers at the start of their careers.
“We will all sorely miss Paula but wish her well in her travelling, gardening and spending time with her family, especially her forthcoming grandchild.”
Paula, who lives in Grange Park, West Swindon, said: “I’ve worked with so many amazing people over the years and taught wonderful children. I’m sad to be leaving but glad to be able to catch up with so many activities that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. And everybody in the family is looking forward to the arrival of our first grandchild.”
Parents, on hearing about the Ofsted report, wrote to the school:
‘You should all be very proud of your report, I couldn’t be more pleased with my son’s progress….and he is always counting money and adding up the cost of shopping in the ‘real world’!
Support for any child’s progress is for parents in partnership with school much like reading. Although, I guess not every child has home support.
A huge thank you to all of the teachers I have been in contact with so far and I look forward to working with new ones when my next child starts in starts!’
‘We wanted to say well done on achieving ‘good’ in the inspection, and as my daughter in Mrs Mace’s class said: “we didn’t need inspectors to tell us Haydonleigh is a good school we knew that!
‘It’s quite an achievement considering the schools expansion/changes. so well done to everyone.’
‘Our family have always been 100 per cent happy with the learning. The teachers are creative and imaginative and go above and beyond.’
‘Teaching staff have made extra effort to understand my son’s learning ‘quirks’ and help him develop and grow, and I have felt informed and involved in that process – thank you to his teachers and Special Needs support.’
‘The very few times I’ve had concerns over behaviour I have felt able to come and talk to teachers and always felt reassured that I was listened to and my worries were taken into account and strategies put in place. Thank you to the teachers who worked with my son.
‘The sports teachers have totally motivated my son in his sports and the clubs have been fantastic. We had some really good feedback recently and we were so pleased the teacher took the time to come and chat and his assessment of my son was fantastic.
‘I’d like to add the office staff are very accommodating – I’m not sure how many times I had to ask for my online payment details!’
‘My children loves Haydonleigh and it’s clear there is a great atmosphere and lots of fun throughout the day. Thank you and Well done.’