Christow Community Primary School is celebrating a very successful OFSTED after it was confirmed as a 'good' and 'strongly improving school' which is making 'impressive progress' under new, more rigorous OFSTED criteria.

The report identified that 'pupils achieve well from the time they join Reception through to the end of Year 6. Many pupils attain above the national average by the time they leave school.'

The report highlighted how much pupils 'love the school, both for the lessons and the out-of-lesson activities such as clubs.'

Two years ago Christow applied to become a member of the Templer Academy Schools Trust (TAST) with the intention of working with other schools to provide the best education possible for its pupils; this Ofsted report shows the great steps forward Christow has taken in this time on its journey to becoming outstanding in all it does. Working under the leadership of Executive Headteacher, Matthew Shanks, Head of Teaching and Leaning, Clare Bamford has helped to drive forward progress whilst also developing enrichment opportunities at the school. In the last year alone Christow has seen over 250,000 pounds worth of funding come into the school for the development of specialist teaching and sporting facilities. As a Trust, resources and expertise are shared to optimise the educational opportunities for children.

Matthew Shanks, Executive Head said: "Christow's success is a testament to ethos of TAST: a school serving a community with its own individual ethos, enabled to concentrate on teaching and learning and enrichment because of the support network surrounding it. The TAST family of schools works together to get the best for its children and the journey towards outstanding that has begun at Christow demonstrates this. TAST schools have supported the 'good' and 'outstanding' teaching identified by OFSTED through joint staff development, as well as sharing staff to support specialist teaching like Languages and sport. The primary school has played a full part in development of TAST through working with secondary and primary partners within the trust and the improvements are clear for all to see. We are very pleased with this report and look forward to continuing to work together towards securing the outstanding judgement all schools should aspire to."

James Clark, Chair of the Christow board commented: "Ofsted inspections are now conducted (since September 2014) under a new framework which has far more stringent criteria than used previously. The grade boundaries have been redrawn and the grade descriptors, as shown in the report, are very precise; a 'good' now is very different from a 'good' previously. We should be particularly proud, therefore, that there is so much positive content within this report."

We are very pleased that the inspector recognised the great progress that has been made improving the school and the outcomes for our pupils. It is also good to see that the strong relationship we have with the other schools in the Templer Academy Schools Trust and the support and benefit this brings to our school were also recognised. Our journey continues apace working alongside the staff at the school as we strive to deliver an outstanding education for our pupils.

Christow's Head of Teaching and Learning, Clare Bamford, who has been seconded from Coombeshead Academy, stated, "We are delighted that the steps we have taken to raise standards and the dedication of our teachers have been recognised in this report. The 'rigorous' leadership identified in the report is having a positive impact. We are ambitious, and will continue in our 'drive for excellence."

The latest report can be viewed on the Ofsted Website



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