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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Lowca pupils’ ‘outstanding’ behaviour praised by Ofsted

LOWCA Community School is a good school and the behaviour and safety of pupils is outstanding, say Ofsted inspectors.

The report said the school provides a caring, supportive environment in which pupils feel safe, secure and ready to learn.

Staff say they are delighted that the school’s “excellent” provision has been recognised in the report. Headteacher David Fasham said: “The governors, children, staff and myself strive as a strong team to be the best we can be. It is an exciting time to be headteacher of such a successful, small school and I know that the children and parents of Lowca deserve the best and the school will continue to endeavour to provide it.”

The report says that Mr Fasham, well supported by a strong team of staff and the governing body, has focused successfully on improvement since the previous inspection so that teaching, the curriculum, pupils’ progress and achievement are now good.

It says pupils make good progress in all key stages and reach broadly average attainment by the end of Year 6. Achievement in reading is a strength. Pupils joining the school mid-key stage settle in quickly and make particularly good progress.

Teaching is securely good, with some that is outstanding. Staff are very good role models and pupils respond very positively to the high expectations of the school.

Inspectors say there is well-focused support for pupils in danger of falling behind and those with special educational needs helps to accelerate their progress. Outdoor learning in the school’s garden and eco-house is exceptionally effective for children in the reception class.

It added that pupils enjoy school a great deal and attendance is consistently above average. Behaviour is typically outstanding in lessons and around the school. Pupils are very clear there is no bullying and that everyone gets on very well. Pupils in Key Stage 2 work exceptionally well in groups on independent creative projects but they do not have enough opportunity to work similarly in English and mathematics.

Improvement plans are based on secure monitoring of pupil and staff performance, identify the right priorities and underpin the drive for improvement. Good opportunities for staff professional development through sharing good practice within the school and through very effective partnerships with local schools are improving teaching, assessment, the curriculum and achievement.

Pupils have been involved in a number of creative community projects. Plans are in the pipeline to build a new community building for a nursery to develop the village’s services.

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