Outstanding Ofsted for Essex school

PUBLISHED: 12:08 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 31 May 2010

Good OFSTED Report for Debden Priamry School.
Debden.
July 22, 2008.
Photograph by Michael Boyton.
Pic shows: Mrs Gibbons and pupils celebrate.
Name: Julie Gibbons (Mrs), head teacher.

Good OFSTED Report for Debden Priamry School. Debden. July 22, 2008. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Mrs Gibbons and pupils celebrate. Name: Julie Gibbons (Mrs), head teacher.

SOLDIERS at Carver Barracks can be assured their children are being well taught, after Debden Primary School received a highly complimentary Ofsted report. The village primary school, which teaches 159 pupils, was visited by inspectors at the beginning of

SOLDIERS at Carver Barracks can be assured their children are being well taught, after Debden Primary School received a highly complimentary Ofsted report.

The village primary school, which teaches 159 pupils, was visited by inspectors at the beginning of the month. It received a clean sweep of 'outstanding' ratings in all key categories and was not given a score of less than 'good' in any area of inspection at all.

Chief inspector Colin Henderson said Debden Primary was "an outstanding school that is valued by pupils and their parents".

More than half of the children at the school have a parent stationed at Carver Barracks, although many also come from Debden and the surrounding villages. Attendance is good - cited by inspectors as a reflection of pupils' enthusiasm and enjoyment of school - and attainment levels are excellent.

Mr Henderson said: "Parents spoken to during the inspection particularly appreciated the excellent care given by staff and the school's Christian ethos that provide a strong moral grounding.

"As a result, pupils' development and wellbeing are outstanding. Pupils look out for each other to ensure that they are happy and enjoying school."

Not unusually for the area, the proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds at Debden Primary School is below the national average, and just three per cent of the children speak English as a second language.

Despite this, the school's focus on multiculturalism was singled out by inspectors, who said the school had made excellent progress in developing pupils' understanding of our multicultural society.

Headteacher Julie Gibbons, who oversaw a similarly positive Ofsted inspection in 2004, was delighted by the inspectors' verdict.

"We are all thrilled with the judgements Ofsted have made," she said. "We have an excellent team of staff and governors at Debden School which together with our supportive parents, enthusiastic children, links with the local church, Carver Barracks and local community make Debden School a very special school. We have high expectations and continually look for ways to improve further."

A full copy of the report will shortly be available for viewing online at www.ofsted.gov.uk.


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