Trawden primary school praised by Her Majesty’s Inspector

Trawden Forest Primary School.'Photo Ben Parsons
Trawden Forest Primary School.'Photo Ben Parsons

A village primary school that was deemed in need of improvement in its last Ofsted report is taking effective action.

Following a visit from Her Majesty’s Inspector, Trawden Forest Primary School, in Dean Street, is said to be taking the right steps in implementing its action plan of returning to a “good” status.

The news has been welcomed by acting headteacher Clair Clark, who said staff have left “extremely pleased with the outcome of the letter but not complacent”.

The head, who took on the role in September last year, added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff and governors who have worked hard to bring about the highly positive outcome.

“Through their dedication, determination and evident care and support for our pupils and each other, make our school the special place it is.

“I am confident that as we seek to embed and consolidate the systems we have put in place, in addition to creating a dynamic Creative Curriculum, we will be securely on track to be ‘good’ at the next full inspection.”

Among other factors, the school has been praised by Her Majesty’s Inspector for developing policies for the improvement of teaching, and improving governance by taking on a governor who was formerly a headteacher. Staff were also commended for regularly consulting with pupils and parents.

And while progress in mathematics is said to not be accelerating as much as reading and writing in Key Stage Two there is clear evidence that steps are being taken to make improvements.

The letter from Shirley Gornall states: “The school accepted the judgement that it requires improvement and there is strong evidence that leaders, teachers, support staff and governors are pulling together to improve outcomes for pupils.

“Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.”

An open day will be held at Trawden Forest Primary School on Thursday from 9-15am to 11am and 1-15pm to 3pm. Anybody is welcome.