Staff and pupils celebrating thumbs-up from school inspectors
STAFF and pupils at a Brixham school are celebrating after being rated as 'good' by Ofsted inspectors.
Furzeham Primary School received the thumbs-up from school inspectors following a January visit.
Ofsted rated Furzeham Primary as a 'good' school with 'outstanding' provision in the Early Years foundation stage.
The inspectors said the school has improved the quality of teaching and lessons, its leadership and management and the achievement of pupils.
They also recognised the 'rapid improvements' that have been brought about in the quality of teaching and pupils' achievement through the headteacher's inspirational leadership and support from a team of leaders and governors.
The Ofsted report said: "Pupils achieve well in all subjects. Children in the Early Years foundation stage benefit from outstanding provision and achieve exceptionally well.
"The head teacher and her dedicated team have provided the school with strong and highly effective leadership.
"Since the previous inspection teaching has improved, is now consistently good, and has led to securing and sustaining rapid improvements in pupils' achievement in their reading, writing and mathematics.
"Governors are challenging to the school leaders and have supported them fully in their endeavours to refocus and improve since the previous inspection."
Furzeham Primary School has been advised to increase the proportion of outstanding teaching to increase pupils' achievement to become an 'outstanding' school.
Head teacher Amanda Timbrell said: "We feel the report is a true reflection of what happens in our school on a daily basis.
"It pinpointed some elements of outstanding teaching which are already taking place here.
"The dedicated and professional team of staff and governors have worked hard to achieve the securely good judgements made during this inspection and we have already begun working together towards achieving outstanding at the next."
Torbay Council's executive lead for children, schools and families, Cllr Chris Lewis, said: "This Ofsted report reflects the effort, hard work and commitment of everyone at the school."