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School gets good report from inspectors

By Lucy Todman | Shrewsbury | Ofsted reports | Published: | Last Updated:

A Shrewsbury primary school is celebrating after receiving a 'good' Ofsted report.

Belvidere Primary School was visited by Ofsted inspectors last term and was praised for its level of education and community spirit.

Its headteacher has said he is "thrilled" with the rating from the watchdog.

Sarah Somers, Ofsted inspector said that the staff at the school were 'strong role models for pupils'. She added: "They help to create a caring community. The school environment is engaging and pupils behave well in school, both in lessons and at breaktimes. Pupils take a pride in the presentation of their work.

In her short report to headteacher Andrew Davies she said: "You have developed pupils' learning behaviours effectively, including resilience, reliability and responsibility. At the previous inspection [which was held in 2012] you were asked to develop pupils' independence and allow them to make decisions about their learning.

"During the inspection, I saw pupils showing initiative, making decisions and working independently.

"You, other leaders and governors have a secure understanding of what is working well and where further work is needed. Your self evaluation is honest and accurate."

Mrs Somers added that safeguarding procedures at the school were 'fit for purpose' and that staff vetting and checking systems were rigorous.

She added: "All pupils who spoke to me told me that they felt safe in school. They are confident that can share any concerns or worries they may have with a member of staff and that the issue will be swiftly sorted out. Pupils understand what constitutes bullying and said it is rare. The commented that their school is a happy place and they are well looked after."

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One pupil told the inspector: "The school is fabulous. Everyone is so caring. We are like a massive family - like brothers and sisters."

Mrs Somers also found that phonics was taught well in the school and that the proportion of children reaching a good level of development in the current reception class was in line with the 2016 national average for both boys and girls. "This was a marked improvement on the previous year," she said.

Headteacher Mr Davies said: "We are thrilled with the report. It reflects all the hard work from pupils, parents, governors and staff over the past few years. We are very pleased with the comments particularly those about the sense of community and the level of education we provide. We are delighted."

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman
@shroptod

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.

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