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Fenland village school rated 'Good' by Government inspectors

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A village school has seen its Ofsted rating rise from "requires improvement" to now being "good" following a recent inspection.

Ofsted inspectors have rated Townley School in Christchurch as "good"across all areas including quality of education, pupils behaviour and leadership.

They visited the 111-pupil school over two days in March and found that pupils enjoy coming into school and do not want to leave at the end of Year 6.

Townley School in Christchurch has been rated good by Ofsted. (56874875)
Townley School in Christchurch has been rated good by Ofsted. (56874875)

The report published this week said: "Pupils behave well in lessons and on the playground. If there are instances when pupils need reminding about their behaviour, they quickly settle back to their work or harmonious play.

"Pupils say that they feel safe in school. Pupils say that bullying used to happen a long time ago but not now. Pupils know who they can talk to if they need help or have any worries."

And it said parents agreed saying: " Parents are particularly complimentary about the way staff support them in their role as parents. For example, staff supported them during the pandemic and the period of home learning and when settling pupils back into school. The nurturing ethos is the reason why many parents choose to travel to take their child to Townley School."

The reported commented on the fact the school has seen significant staffing changes since the last inspection in March 2018.

It highlighted areas the school does well and that includes the fact its leaders have designed an "ambitious curriculum" including for those with special educational needs.

The report said: "The curriculum in most subjects is broken down into small steps that help pupils use and apply new

knowledge and skills. This results in pupils being ready for their next stage of learning."

Reading is taught well said the report and pupils are given extra daily sessions too help them catch up where needed.

However, in some subjects, such as modern foreign languages the lessons are not ambitious enough and the report said "this is limiting what pupils are able to know and remember".

And the report said where the curriculum is not ambitious enough "Leaders must ensure that this is addressed and that staff understand the expectations and leaders’ curriculum ambition".

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