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Delaware Academy and Nursery receives ‘GOOD’ news from Ofsted.

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Staff and children at Delaware Academy and Nursery are celebrating after getting the thumbs up from inspectors. The school has had its first visit from Ofsted since March 2014.

Delaware Primary Academy has gone from strength to strength and at a recent Ofsted inspection has been rated as a ‘GOOD’ provider. Delaware Primary became an Academy in December 2015 joining the Bridge Schools Trust in Cornwall.

The report confirms “the headteacher, supported by her staff and the trust, have created a nurturing school where aspirations for pupils are high. Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the impact the school has had on their children.

Leaders ensure that pupils access a broad, rich curriculum. Leaders’ aims for pupils to make links across the curriculum are evident across the school. Pupils have opportunities to write purposefully right across a range of subjects. Pupils state they enjoy the range of subjects on offer.”

The report identifies that the new Nursery class within the school is providing children with a good start. “This year, a greater proportion begin the Reception class working with skills typical for their stage of development.”

It highlights in the report that Bridge Schools Trust has played a key role in the school’s improvement. “They have supported the governing body, enabling them to have greater impact on pupils’ outcomes as well as providing training opportunities. The executive head, chief executive officer and headteacher work closely with one another and share the same vision for the school. Professional development opportunities are provided for staff, with close consideration to the strengths and areas for improvement. Leaders have worked together to improve outcomes for pupils in the school and increase pupil numbers, where previously these had declined. Leaders have created a ‘feel good’ culture across the school.”

“Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. Relationships between staff and pupils are steeped in mutual respect. Pupils feel safe and are safe. The school’s safeguarding culture is rich.”

The Ofsted inspector confirmed in his report “Pupils love to learn and feel truly valued at Delaware Primary Academy.”

Headteacher Lynn Nash said “I am delighted that Ofsted have recognised the huge efforts that every single member of staff and the Bridge Schools Trust has made in order to reach this outcome. Our sole aim is to provide rich, vibrant and memorable learning opportunities for the children in our care and I feel that this report has accurately captured the essence of Delaware.”

 

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