‘ I could not be prouder of this achievement’ – Exmouth headteacher praises staff and pupils for ‘Good’ Ofsted rating

Staff and pupils at a primary school in Exmouth are celebrating a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating after inspectors praised the youngsters’ behaviour and attitude.

The Ofsted team spent two days in February at Brixington Primary Academy, speaking to staff and children, where they noted the school’s values of friendship, respect, honesty, endeavour and sportsmanship, ‘permeate the school’.

Headteacher Stuart Dyer spoke of his ‘pride’ in his staff and 359 pupils, crediting their positive approach in helping the school achieve Ofsted success.

He said: “I’m extremely proud of the children and staff here at Brixington. Their positive approach and belief in the school has been crucial on this journey of improvement.

“The inspection was an opportunity for the team and children to demonstrate the impact of their hard work and dedication in achieving our vision for the school.

“Our mission is about inspiring excellence, so our journey doesn’t stop here – we will keep working to make the school even better.”

He added “I could not be prouder of this achievement and would like to thank the team at Brixington, the school community and First Federation Trust for their support.”

Brixington Primary Academy, in Brixington Lane, Exmouth has been judged ‘good’ in all areas.

Ofsted inspectors found the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and the early years provision all to be good.

The Ofsted report said:

  • Staff are ambitious for what they believe pupils can achieve.
  • Children in early years get off to a strong and well-supported start.
  • Staff encourage children to develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills. There is a rigorous approach to monitoring how successfully children learn. This ensures that children develop strong understanding.
  • Pupils are keen to do their best. They know what is expected from them and respond to this positively.
  • Staff feel well supported by the senior leadership team. They value the training and time they have had to develop as teachers and subject leaders.
  • The trust uses its detailed knowledge of the school to provide support and challenge.
  • Pupils say that they have no concerns about bullying. They are confident that staff would sort out any problems quickly should they occur.
  • The school is calm and has a purposeful atmosphere. Pupils are polite and confident and say that most pupils behave well.

The three-strong inspection team noted how the Exmouth school’s values of friendship, respect, honesty, endeavour and sportsmanship permeate the school and how pupils learn, how ambitious the school is for its pupils, and the calm and purposeful atmosphere.

Inspectors praised the strength of school leadership. They noted the investment in time and training to improve subject leadership, and the school’s ambitious curriculum for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and disadvantaged pupils.

Paul Walker, Chief Executive of First Federation Trust, said: “Achieving ‘good’ is a well-deserved outcome for everyone involved.

“The hard work of colleagues and pupils has been rewarded with this very positive report.

“As a member of the First Federation Trust family of schools, Brixington Primary Academy has benefited from tailored support from our Trust in key focus areas, as well as staff training and development, in areas such as subject knowledge and teaching practice.

“It’s fantastic to see Ofsted recognise the integral part this support has played.”

Since its last full inspection four years ago, the school said it ‘embarked on a comprehensive development plan’ and children’s attainment improved significantly as a result.

A new curriculum was put in place in 2019/20, with a fresh approach to senior and middle leadership.

Other investment made at Brixington Primary Academy included supporting the school with staff training, sharing good practice and close collaboration through its network of teaching specialists, plus a new early reading phonics programme and library of books.

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