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Ringwood Infant School Ofsted rating reduced from 'outstanding' to 'good'

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RINGWOOD Infant School had its rating reduced by Ofsted inspectors from ‘outstanding’ to ‘good’.

The school, which was last inspected 14 years ago, received the overall grade despite being deemed outstanding in three out of five areas: behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management.

However, it was rated as good for quality of education and early years provision.

Ringwood Church of England Infant School (photo: Google)
Ringwood Church of England Infant School (photo: Google)

The inspection team said that “further refinements” were needed to embed the curriculum securely and consistently.

That included the ongoing development of the early years curriculum in line with the new statutory framework for the early years foundation stage.

School leaders must monitor this work carefully to ensure that pupils know and remember more across the whole curriculum, Ofsted added.

Otherwise the school received a positive report which described how pupils “eagerly come to school each morning” and “strive to be courageous”, with teachers having “high expectations of them”.

Ofsted said: “As a result, learning is calm and purposeful. This is a school where pupils are cherished and nurtured. Everyone’s differences, talents and interests are valued.”

Pupils with special educational needs and or disabilities were “particularly well supported”, with unkind behaviour “not tolerated”.

The report continued: “Leaders, governors and staff are highly ambitious for every pupil in their school. This ambition is about more than academic success.“The school’s values and wider curriculum help pupils to be confident and to feel accepted. This is seen in the school’s thoughtfully designed environment.”

Refurbished classrooms “give children the balance of being physically active with quieter spaces for talking and reading”, with the library at “the heart of the school”.

Any gaps in a pupil’s understanding are “quickly acted upon”, with specific support “given to all pupils to help them achieve well”.

Parents spoke admiringly of the school and teachers were praised. Staff were also given high-quality training, and safeguarding arrangements were commended for being “effective”, with the school working well with outside agencies and the wider community.

The school did not respond to an A&T request to comment.

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