St James CE Primary School, a Vale Academy Trust school based in Hanney, near Wantage, is celebrating after being rated “Good” by education watchdog Ofsted.
Inspector Lucy English, who visited on 2 and 3 October, praised school leaders for creating a culture of both care and aspiration, noting the strong relationships between teachers and pupils.
Ms English noted: “Pupils make good progress across most aspects of the curriculum, especially with reading. Pupils display a love of reading and are inspired by their teachers’ enthusiasm for books.”
She added: “Children are proud of their school and value the buddy system, whereby Year 6 pupils work with the younger Reception children. Pupils are well-prepared for life in modern Britain and for the next stage in their education and are confident and articulate with a love for learning”.
The report stated: “Staff themselves feel valued and morale is high and they particularly like the way that the headteacher is aware of their potential workload and leads by example.”
Janice Peacock, Headteacher, said “The whole school community is delighted with the outcome of the report. It highlights how we all work together as a cohesive team with a shared ambition for the children. The support we receive from the Vale Academy Trust also contributes towards securing the best outcomes for them”.
“Parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about the school and the way that staff quickly get to know children and so meet their needs.”