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Okeford's Ofsted is good stuff!

by Michael Ford last modified 18 Feb, 2015 09:19 AM

Okeford Fitzpaine School are delighted to have achieved GOOD across all areas, following a recent inspection by Ofsted.

Okeford's Ofsted is good stuff!

Okeford pupils learn about Jamaican culture

Highlights in the report include comments that:

  • “100% of teaching is good or better.”
  • “Teaching Assistants provide highly effective support to small groups and individual children across the school.”
  • “All adults place a high priority on creating a positive family atmosphere. As a result, pupils feel safe, happy and cared for as individuals.”
  • “Pupils enjoy coming to school, look after each other, behave very well and are rightly proud of their school.”
  • “The behaviour of pupils is good and is a strength of the school. Staff and parents are very positive about the management of behaviour in the school.”
  • “Typically, very good relationships exist between teachers and pupils, enabling high-quality discussions to occur.”
  • “All groups of pupils are making good progress.”

Headteacher Alan Frame commented, “We are delighted with the outcome of the inspection, particularly given the new Ofsted framework which is so much more demanding than previous ones. Since arriving at Okeford Fitzpaine I have been particularly impressed at the hard work the staff have put in and the support I have received from the Governing Body.

"Of course the children were also great ambassadors for the school through the inspection and a credit to the school. To reinforce a point from the report, the staff really care for the children as individuals and fully deserve this great result.”

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Ofsted made particular reference to the Early Years provision at the school and comments included that:

  • “Provision across the Early Years is good and children make good progress, particularly in their mathematics, language and personal skills. Nearly all pupils leave Reception confident and well equipped to start Year 1.”
  • “The Early Years Foundation Stage is well led. Staff know the children very well individually, track how they improve their skills through play, and modify activities according to children’s needs and abilities.”
  • “Well directed support encourages both children’s independence and their ability to work with others.”
  • “Children’s positive attitudes are promoted well because the learning environments are engaging. Exciting activities, such as an outdoor number walk, are well matched to the children’s needs and interests.”
  • “Children’s behaviour is excellent.”

An ecstatic Chairman of Governors, Ian Berry, said, “It has been a challenging 12 months for the school and everybody associated with it. This Ofsted rating has been an incredible achievement. We have small classes and are lucky to have a very good ratio of pupils to teachers, supported by teaching assistants and an enthusiastic group of helpers.

“A really telling comment from the Report sums up everything we like to see in our pupils –
“Pupils enjoy coming to the school, look after each other, behave
very well and are rightly proud of their school.”

“It has been a very exciting period in the School’s history with the celebration of 200 years of education in the village last October leading up to this great Ofsted result.”

The school now looks forward to a bright future. There are plans to re-vamp the outside area for the Early Years to make it a fantastic environment for the children use and have secured a grant to make this work possible.

The school is also developing after-school care after requests for parents. Mr Frame has started some work with iPads and coding to meet the new requirements of the National Curriculum, his particular area of expertise. He is also very determined to get the broken school bell working again so watch this space!

Class Blogs on the school website show more of what the children have been up to: visit

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