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School labelled good in all the key areas
PUPILS and staff from Ann Cam CE Primary are celebrating a glowing Ofsted inspection that paints a picture of a good school heading in the right direction.
Inspector Alwyne Jolly spent two days at the school, in Dymock, near Ledbury, last month and found its performance to be “good” in all key areas.
He reported that pupils make good progress in all year groups, adding: “The quality of teaching is invariably good. Teachers ensure lessons are interesting and well-planned for classes containing pupils of different ages and abilities.”
Mr Jolly added pupils are well-behaved, feel safe and “support each other thoughtfully”.
His report states the school has not yet reached “outstanding” standard because the quality of teaching can still be improved further.
Marking must give pupils advice more regularly on how to improve their work and some pupils do not have a sufficient grasp of the connection between letters and sounds, preventing them from making better progress in reading and spelling.
However, he is confident the school will tackle those areas, saying: “The school knows what its strengths are, tackles its weaknesses systematically, is improving and demonstrates a further capacity for improvement.”
Executive headteacher Chris Ward said he was delighted with the report and the progress since the school’s previous inspection three years earlier, when it was rated “satisfactory”.
“We have the most wonderful children who are a delight to teach and I was so proud of how they behaved during our inspection,” he said.
Chairman of governors Sara-Jane Watkins said: “We are very ambitious for Ann Cam Primary School and I am delighted Ofsted recognises our commitment to deliver excellent education.”