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Moulsecoomb primary praised for good ‘family spirit’
A school in a deprived area has been praised by inspectors for the way it cares for children.
Moulsecoomb Primary School was congratulated for its “family spirit” and the “exceptional” support it offers to the pupils.
The comments come in an Ofsted report that describes how the school has gone from being satisfactory to good – despite getting the higher rating becoming more difficult.
Inspectors noted feedback from pupils indicating that they are treated as individuals by the grown-ups.
They also said pupils from different backgrounds play together happily and support each other well in lessons. Bullying is not tolerated and is always dealt with effectively by staff.
The Ofsted report said pupils achieve well across the school. Teaching is consistently good, based on detailed analysis of pupils’ abilities, and strong relationships between adults and pupils contribute to a stimulating atmosphere for learning.
The school still has improvements to make, with pupils not making enough progress in writing, especially the use of punctuation and grammar.
Pupils also do not progress quickly enough with the most able pupils not given hard enough work.
Headteacher Charles Davies said: “Above all this is a caring school and I’m thrilled that all the hard work and dedication shown by our staff has been recognised.
“We have a strong focus on academic core subjects but we also make a huge effort to offer our children memorable visits to places like museums and theatres to make learning really come alive for them.”
The chair of the council’s children and young people committee, Sue Shanks, said: “This is an exceptional result as Ofsted has recently made getting a ‘good’ rating more difficult for schools to achieve.
“Moulsecoomb Primary is providing an excellent experience for its pupils, who include some of the most disadvantaged in the city.
“The school has been a high priority for support from the council’s schools team, and we have worked closely with the school to secure improvements.”
Parent governor Warren Carter said: “Never mind ‘good’ – for me this school is outstanding.
“I know the staff work their socks off to give the children a well-rounded education. The school is something the whole of Moulsecoomb can be proud of.”
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