School chalks up a top class result

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A SCHOOL has hailed the strength of its parent and community relations after getting a top class Ofsted result.

Pupils and staff at Cambo First School were delighted to learn of its ‘outstanding’ rating this week following an inspection last month.

All aspects of its operations were praised in the report and the news is a further boost following a number of awards in recent years such as Artsmark gold status, flagship status for Food for Life and an International School award.

The report said: “There are excellent outcomes for pupils, an exemplary curriculum which reflects the school’s setting in its community, and exceptional care, guidance and support lie at the heart of this outstanding school.

“All staff ensure the welfare of pupils is given the highest priority and they work with a common purpose to nurture their development and improve learning.

“This is an exceptionally inclusive school, where everyone has equal opportunities to develop their talents and demonstrate their accomplishments.

“Pupils thoroughly enjoy school. They achieve well and all aspects of their personal development are outstanding.”

The extent to which pupils contribute to the school and the wider community, pupils’ behaviour, the effectiveness of care, guidance and support, the effectiveness with which the school promotes community cohesion and how the school deploys resources to achieve value for money were among the areas to get the highest grade.

Cambo First School Headteacher Paula Cummings said: “I have always thought we were outstanding, but it’s nice to have the formal recognition from Ofsted.

“I think we are the first school in the county to get ‘outstanding’ under the new rules which came in during the summer.

“The lead inspector was very nice and personable and was very fair in his approach rather than making comments to cut us down.

“The kids are cock-a-hoop and I’m very pleased for them.

“For a small school we have always been very outward thinking.

“We try to do as much as we can both inside and outside the classroom, from bringing in artists and growing our own food to visiting museums and going to watch theatre productions.

“All our governors, teachers and support staff have key roles at the school and our children are also encouraged to be leaders.”

All of the parents and carers who returned questionnaires to the inspectors were entirely supportive, saying that they strongly agree the school helps them to support their child’s learning and prepares them well for the future.

Mrs Cummings said: “A school can’t operate effectively without a close relationship with parents.

“At Cambo, parents trust us to develop their children and we trust them as we are both teaching them important skills for life.

“Everyone in the community is thrilled with this result. The school is the hub of the community and vice versa – we all work together to make Cambo a lovely place to live and work in.”