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Charlbury Primary School upgraded to 'Good' by Ofsted

We are delighted to be able to report that Charlbury Primary School has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

The national education standards body upgraded the school from ‘Inadequate’ following a visit by inspectors before Easter.

The school was found to be a “caring and vibrant” place where “pupils achieve well”.

Ofsted inspectors praised the school’s “highly astute” leadership and its aspirational culture.

They added: “Pupils feel valued. They are taught to appreciate each other’s unique qualities and treat everyone with kindness and compassion.

“Leaders are highly ambitious for pupils, leading by example on the school motto ‘to be the best we can be and do the best we can do’.

“This positive outlook influences every aspect of school life. The school is determined to give pupils the very best start to their education.

“Pupils concentrate well in lessons and behave calmly and politely around school and at social times.”

The school had been rated Inadequate in March 2019 and joined multi-academy trust River Learning Trust (RLT) later that year.

April’s inspection was the school’s first since becoming part of RLT.

Headteacher Charlie Barwell said she was delighted that Ofsted had recognised the commitment of staff to making the school a place where children flourish.

Ms Barwell said: “You cannot make the significant improvements that have been made at Charlbury without a team that fully buys into what needs to be done and what you are trying to achieve.

“The staff have worked really hard and I am so pleased for them. This has been a good school for some time and I am thrilled for the staff to have this formally recognised by Ofsted.”

Chair of governors Kim Harrison praised Ms Barwell’s work as headteacher.

Mrs Harrison said: “Charlie has communicated the highly aspirational vision brilliantly to the staff. They are on board with this and they are proud to be part of the school’s transformation.

“Inspectors were clear that changes needed to be made at the school. We are pleased that they were able to see not only that these changes have been made, but that they have been made in a considered way that has created an environment in which staff feel fully supported.”

RLT chief executive Paul James said: “Every community deserves a great school at its heart and we are thrilled to be able to deliver one for Charlbury and its surrounding villages.”

Richard Tilley · Mon 27 May, 11:33 · Link

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