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Joy for Tadley based infant school after 'Good' Ofsted report

There was cause for celebration at Bishopswood Infant School in Tadley after it received a ‘Good’ rating in its latest Ofsted report.

Inspectors said “pupils get off to a great start” at the school, describing it as an “inclusive and harmonious community”.

The report, published on July 7, came following an inspection on May 24 and 25.

It is the school’s second ‘Good’ rating in a row after being told it ‘requires improvement’ in 2013.

In the latest report, inspectors said “pupils know that staff care deeply for them and will help when it is needed”.

It continued: “The school’s values of ‘caring, respecting and thriving together’ are woven through the very heart of everyday life.

“Pupils learn about different cultures and communities.

“They respect individual choice.

“One pupil said, ‘It doesn’t matter what you look like, it matters that you care’.”

Elsewhere in the report, inspectors praised the safeguarding measures at the school – which covers ages four to seven – and said leaders, staff and governors were “united in their vision for all pupils to love learning, be curious and achieve well”.

It added that leaders had designed a curriculum that was “ambitious, exciting and engaging”, and provided a “wide range of opportunities” for pupils to become “responsible and respectful citizens”.

These included pupils raising money for local charities, children delivering wildflower seeds to residents to create a bee corridor, and trips to the farm.

There was room for improvement, however.

Inspectors noted that there were “inconsistencies” in how phonics was taught, which risked “slowing some pupils’ learning and progress”.

Assessment within some of the foundation subjects wasn’t as effective as in English and mathematics, with teachers not always checking and helping pupils make links with their prior learning, meaning that “over time, pupils do not remember the essential knowledge as well as they could”.

There are four possible Ofsted ratings: Outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate.

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