Haddenham primary receives glowing report from inspectors

“HIGHLY enthusiastic and dedicated teachers” ensured a Haddenham primary school received a glowing report from Government inspectorate Ofsted.

In an inspection carried out in November, The Robert Arkenstall Primary School, in Camping Close, was ranked ‘good’ by inspectors with some features touching on outstanding.

The quality of teaching was especially singled out for praise and the reading and writing of pupils was also hailed.

In a report published this week, inspector Andrew Saunders said: “Almost all teaching is at least good, and some is outstanding. Teachers have an excellent rapport with the pupils, expect high levels of work and behaviour, and use their good knowledge

of the subjects they are teaching to carefully plan lessons.

“Behaviour in lessons is typically good, and is outstanding at times because pupils enjoy being at school, like the work the teachers give them to do, and work together cooperatively.

“They readily do what is asked of them and are keen to get their work right. They are very proud of their handwriting, with good reason.”

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The school still has work to do in some areas to raise its level to outstanding however, with achievement in mathematics and increasing the complexity of work areas that need consideration, inspectors said.

In order to improve, Mr Saunders said the school needed to: “Give pupils more demanding tasks, and encouraging them to get on with their own work as soon as they know what they need to do.”