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Blessing for village school after its ‘good’ Ofsted rating

Aldbury C of E School celebrates having received a 'good' rating from Ofsted.

Aldbury C of E School celebrates having received a 'good' rating from Ofsted.

 

A village school has been celebrating after being rated good by Ofsted following a two-day inspection.

Aldbury C of E School was blessed by Rev Jo Whetherall on Friday to mark the achievement.

Headteacher Kathy Little said: “This is my third year here as the headteacher. I was appointed in September 2011 after a period of significant turmoil.

“A long-serving headteacher retired, a new headteacher was appointed and then left, and an interim headteacher was appointed for a year and a term.

“Two terms into my first year, we were inspected and judged as ‘satisfactory’. Two years later, we are now a ‘good’ school.”

The school was praised by Ofsted for pupils’ progress in reading, writing and maths, their positive attitude to learning, good behaviour, and the range of topics offered to them.

As well as scoring a ‘good’ rating in multiple areas, it was ranked ‘outstanding’ for promoting pupils’ spiritual, social, cultural and moral development.

Inspectors’ report also said: “Children make a good start in reading, writing and mathematics in reception class.

“The teaching, guidance and support are often outstanding.”

Aldbury C of E School has just 71 pupils, and has spaces for more in some of its year groups. Its children come from Aldbury, the surrounding villages and Tring.

 

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