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‘Good’ news for Winkfield St Mary’s CE Primary School

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Following a two-day inspection on the 2/3 April, Ofsted has given an overall effectiveness grade of ‘Good’ to Winkfield St Mary’s Primary school. This is great progress from the previous judgement of ‘Requires Improvement’.

In the summary of the key findings, Ofsted inspectors have praised leaders and governors who have ‘worked relentlessly to successfully improve standards since the previous inspection’ and ‘established a culture of high expectations’.

The report also highlighted the impact of the school’s values and described pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as being a strength of the school. It stated that 'Pupils behave extremely well in lessons and around the school. Their behaviour reflects the school’s values of Respect, Excellence, Awareness, Courage & Honesty (REACH)'.

Julia Evans, Head teacher of Winkfield St Mary’s CE Primary School, said:

“I am delighted with the outcome of this inspection and the recognition given to how relentlessly staff work to improve outcomes for all pupils. We are so pleased that the inspectors saw how fantastic our pupils are and recognised the pride they hold for their school and its values.”

“Winkfield St Mary’s has a great team and we are extremely grateful to our children, staff, governors and parents for their hard work and dedication to making it such a special place. We appreciate the strong relationships that have been made with everyone’s support. The school is committed to continuing our journey and look forward to developing our curriculum further in our efforts to become ‘outstanding’.”

Co-Chairs of Governors David Philips and Julian Brecknock said:

“We are extremely pleased with the findings in the report and excited to be continuing our rapid and relentless journey of improvement. We look forward to working closely with the Head Teacher to further improve standards, expectations and aspirations in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for every pupil who attends Winkfield St Marys”.

Bracknell Forest Council was also commended for the support it is providing, with Inspectors noting, ‘Leaders have a good relationship with the local authority. This positive collaboration is successful.

Rachel Morgan, Assistant Director of Education and Learning at Bracknell Forest Council said:

"We are delighted with the good outcome that the school has achieved. Leaders and staff have worked hard to address the areas identified at the previous Ofsted inspection resulting in improved outcomes for children. We thank the Headteacher, governors and staff for their hard work and commitment. We look forward to seeing the school go from strength to strength."

To view the full report, visit the Ofsted website.

For more information on the council’s work with schools, visit our schools pages.