‘Outstanding’ verdict for Camelsdale school

Pupils at Camelsdale Primary school. C111514-1
Pupils at Camelsdale Primary school. C111514-1

If they weren’t sure before, they know it now – the community of Camelsdale has an outstandingly good school in its midst.

Following Camelsdale Primary School’s latest Ofsted inspection, which took place over two days shortly before the end of the summer term, a report just published carries a string of top grade ratings.

There is nothing but Grade I in the section for pupils’ achievement and the quality of their learning, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

It is the same for the quality of provision, including teaching, curriculum, and care, guidance and support, and the nine categories in the section judging leadership and management also achieve Grade I.

Only the ratings for the early years foundation stage drop slightly, to the second grade which is ‘good’.

Here, the inspectors say the school needs to put into effect the plans it already has to provide a better outside area and an improved range of activities for reception class children to enhance their learning and enjoyment.

In their main findings about the 203-pupil school, the inspectors say: “Camelsdale is an outstanding school.

“This is chiefly due to the outstanding effectiveness of the management, the high calibre of pastoral care and the excellent progress pupils make.”

They say head teacher Sarah Palmer provides ‘inspirational leadership’ which, in partnership with the ‘effective’ senior leadership team, ensures complacency is not tolerated.