Ofsted Report

Our latest Ofsted Inspection was carried out on 17th July 2018.  We are delighted to announce Thakeham Primary School remains a 'Good' school!  
Key highlights of our Ofsted report:
"The challenges of growth and change have not taken your focus off maintaining the quality of teaching and learning in the school. As a result, standards are rising in the early years and key stage 1, and in key stage 2, standards in reading and writing are above national averages.”

“You have engaged staff, parents, carers, pupils and governors in developing a very clear vision and ethos for the school. You have built a strong staff team whose members are equally committed to and proud of the part they play in the school.”

 “You have developed close links with other schools locally to share expertise and training. Teachers are enthusiastic and highly committed, always seeking ways to improve and to bring out the best in every learner. “

“Governors bring a wide range of skills to their role. They are passionate about school improvement. They visit the school regularly to see for themselves how improvement plans are developing, and to check on pupils’ well-being and safety.”

 "The school puts great emphasis on emotional resilience and developing pupils’ abilities to care for themselves and one another. Pupils say they feel safe and that there is always an adult they can talk to in school if they have concerns."

“Pupils were at a loss to think of ways in which the school could be better, and said that they enjoyed ‘pretty much everything…..Pupils love coming to school. As a result, attendance is above average overall and persistent absence is low.”

 “Parents love the ‘welcoming, friendly feel and general air of happiness’ in the school…...Parents commented very positively about the good communication between home and school, as well as the joy of seeing their children become happy and successful learners.”

 “The behaviour of pupils during the inspection, in lessons, before school, and at lunchtime, was good. Pupils who are disadvantaged, or who have SEN and/or disabilities, are well supported. The bespoke programmes delivered by skilled teaching assistants help to improve pupils’ basic skills, independence and self-esteem. Rates of progress of current pupils in reading, writing and mathematics are good.

“The vast majority of pupils who started the school in Reception make excellent progress and achieve in line with, or above, national expectations at the end of each year in key stage 2.”

“This was the first year pupils took tests at the end of key stage 2. They exceeded interim national averages in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation.”

“Pupils at the school know how to improve their work and how to develop resilience and perseverance when work is challenging. They have created ‘super learning heroes’ cartoon characters to remind them of the characteristics of successful learners, and they talk confidently about the learning behaviour they have demonstrated when sharing their work.”

“Pupils say they find lessons ‘fun and interesting’................A particular strength of the school is the care the older pupils take of the youngest children, for example as reading buddies or playleaders. They also take seriously other responsibilities, such as looking after the library or being computer monitors.”

“Links with other schools and the community are strong. Expertise has been shared and developed as a result. Pupils contribute to the life of the community, for example by being ‘reporters’ for the parish news. Links with the adjoining grammar school are developing rapidly, particularly in sport.”


For full details please read our Ofsted report in its entirety.