News Release September 2016

14th September 2016
Lewknor Church of England Primary School received a glowing letter following an Ofsted inspection on 30th June. Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills Seamus Murphy listed many positive key findings that included: 
  • Pupils’ standards in all key stages have risen rapidly over the last two years 
  • Pupils are regularly challenged to achieve well
  • The most able pupils’ attainment in reading and writing was above the national average in key stage 1 and in key stage 2. Standards in mathematics were above the national average
  • Pupils in key stage 1 achieved well above the expected national standards. In key stage 2, the majority of pupils made similar or better rates of progress when compared to other pupils nationally
  • The number of children achieving a good level of development in the early years was well above the national average
  • All pupils achieved the expected standard in phonics in 2014 and 2015 (also 2016!)
  • Pupils want to succeed. They know what they have done well and what additional work they need to do to improve. They take pride in their work.
  • The curriculum is dynamic and stimulating. Pupils enjoy learning and talk enthusiastically about the trips and visits that they experience
  • Teaching across the key stages is now very effective with much that is excellent
  • The additional funding for sports is used effectively to develop pupils’ talents
  • Pupils are proud of their school
  • Behaviour around the school is very good. Pupils listen well to each other and to adults
  • Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the work of the school
  • Parents say that pupils are safe and happy in school and that ‘they never leave school feeling sad’.
Headteacher Deborah Cole said:
‘‘I am delighted with inspector Mr Murphy’s findings, which are a fair and accurate assessment of our wonderful school.
"I would like to thank all the teachers, teaching assistants, office staff, parents and governors, who work so hard to help make this school special in so many ways. I would also like to thank the partnership headteachers and the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education, who gave their support and spoke so positively about the school during the inspection.
‘‘I want to thank the children who spoke up so well and with such confidence when asked about their school and their learning. The behaviour of all children was impeccable and the inspector was very impressed with how they looked out for one another and how the older children took care of the younger ones. I am so very proud of all the children. They are a credit to their parents and to the school.’’
The full report is available to read on the school’s website and has recently been published on the Ofsted website.
Lewknor Primary will be holding an open morning on Wednesday 2nd November at 9.30am. The morning is mainly for parents of children who may be thinking of sending their children to the reception class in September 2017, but everyone is welcome.