PUPILS and staff at a school in Wotton are celebrating after being rated good in a recent inspection from education regulator Ofsted. 

Blue Coat Primary was handed the rating after inspectors visited the school in March. 

The school, which has 315 pupils, was rated good in one category and outstanding in five others. 

The school on Symn Lane was previously rated as outstanding in a full inspection 14 years ago in 2009. 

Pupils were described by inspectors as “caring”, “curious”, “confident” and “respectful”. 

Inspectors said in their report that “leaders strive for every pupil to be future ready” and they ensure there “is no barrier to learning”. 

Inspectors also say that pupils with SEND or disabilities are "very well supported.” 

One parent told inspectors that their children had “positively thrived under the care, dedication and attention of the Blue Coat staff.”

Gazette Series: Pupils from Blue Coat Primary celebrating their school's recent Ofsted result Pupils from Blue Coat Primary celebrating their school's recent Ofsted result (Image: Blue Coat Primary)

Headteacher Glyn Jones said he was "delighted" with the report. 

He said: “An Ofsted report can never encapsulate all of the rich experiences that happen at any school. 

“However, we were delighted that the exceptional provision at Blue Coat was recognised as Outstanding in nearly all of the Ofsted categories. 

“This is as a result of the hard work and dedication of staff, the significant input of parents with whom the school works closely, as well as the individual talents and personalities of our wonderful children.”

However, the report says that because the curriculum is in its second year “in some subject areas, leaders are still refining the knowledge pupils are required to learn.”

The report reads: “Blue Coat Primary is a nurturing and welcoming school.

“Staff and pupils know each other well. Pupils feel cared for and safe.

“Leaders have developed an ambitious and broad curriculum and have identified the knowledge they want pupils to learn and remember over time.

“The curriculum builds on the ambition of the whole school.

"Children behave with motivation and resilience when they are trying new activities. They take time to complete challenging activities.

"Leaders make sure children have ample opportunities to develop their numeracy and literacy. 

“Parents are also hugely positive about the school.”

You can read the full report here - https://files.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50217878