Top Marks for a South Hams Primary

Combining with another school has paid off for West Alvington Primary.

Ofsted inspectors judged their overall effectiveness, outcomes for pupils and capacity for sustained improvement as outstanding after a visit last term. Now a separate inspection by the Diocese of Exeter has reached similar conclusions. An inspector visited the school for a day last month and her report has just been published.

It says the school is outstanding on all four of the criteria she inspected – meeting the needs of all learners, leadership and management, its distinctiveness and effectiveness as a C of E school and the impact of collective worship on the school community.

Also pupils are enthusiastic about their school saying: "This is a great place for learning and we get a lot of attention."

The Ofsted inspectors said parents told them they regarded the school very highly and had no criticisms of its work. Pupils achieved exceedingly well as they progressed through school and their attainment in English, maths and science was above average and continuing to rise.

The school recently created a federation with Charleton Church of England Primary. It was noted that that had brought great benefits with a number of shared activities and learning opportunities.