The Chevin Road school’s first bit of upbeat news is a ‘Good’ grading following a visit from OFSTED earlier this year. This followed ‘Satisfactory’ reports in 2004 and 2008.
Headteacher Simon Field, who has been with the school for a year, said: “We were delighted with the report which graded us ‘Good’ for attainment, progress, behaviour and Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision, amongst others, and ‘Outstanding’ for attendance.”
Secondly, the school’s pupil numbers have increased from 69 to 77 this year. Mr Field said: “We are a small school with just three classes — one of our strengths is that all the staff get to know all the children very well.
“The close relationships we can build are particularly valuable in our work with SEN children who often find the small school environment as one in which they can thrive.”
Also, there are three building projects to tell off. The first has been in the pipeline for six years and will see scaffolding removed which was supporting a high, and slightly bowing, boundary wall. The wall is set to be halved in height and part of the playground the school lost will be reinstated, giving it a new all-weather surface.
In January, three undercrofts beneath the main school building will be turned from storage rooms into a teaching area for the Reception and year one classes which will open out onto the lower playground.
The third project will see improvements to the main entrance, possibly including a holding area for visitors, a new office and security cameras.