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St Mary's underwent an interim assessment in June 2010 and was still judged to be outstanding by OFSTED. Click here to read the letter from OFSTED
Below is a brief summary of Ofsted's last inspection of St Mary's in 2006. For the full report choose an option below:
Description of the school
This is a small school in a rural setting. Pupils come from a wide area. As year groups vary in size, pupils are taught mainly in mixed-age classes.
Overall effectiveness of the school
This school is outstanding because the headteacher's very strong and enthusiastic leadership has resulted in a real commitment by all staff to promoting and maintaining high standards.
As a result pupils' achievement is consistently high and personal development is excellent.
Children make excellent progress from Reception where high quality provision gets them off to a flying start. This continues throughout the school and pupils leave Year 6 achieving standards well above what is expected of eleven-year-olds.
The school's accurate understanding of its strengths and relative weaknesses ensures that teaching, the curriculum and the care and guidance of all pupils, regardless of their ability, are highly effective. Future developments are very clearly identified and the school has an excellent capacity to carry them out. Current initiatives to bring the school's already very good assessment and tracking procedures together into one manageable system are well in hand, as are the plans to involve pupils more in setting targets for improvement. Subject leadership in English, mathematics and science is highly effective in maintaining standards and provides an excellent model for other curriculum areas where management still needs developing.
Pupils enjoy virtually everything about school life and are eager to work as well as play. This is because staff are very effective in planning work both in class and as part of extra-curricular activities that capture pupils' imagination and challenge them at the right level. Because they are provided with lots of opportunities to take responsibility, for example as school council representatives, class buddies and team captains, pupils show an excellent commitment to the school as a community. The school's central role in the life of the village and well developed links with the church very successfully encourage pupils to become full members of the local community. Pupils' high standards of literacy and numeracy and their well developed awareness of the applications of information and communication technology prepare them well for the future.
It is not surprising that parents are so overwhelmingly positive about the school. Comments like 'exceptional', 'caring', 'approachable' and 'a credit to the village' are typical of their views.