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REVEALED: ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rated primary schools in Elmbridge

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REVEALED: ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rated primary schools in Elmbridge

Published at 10:11am 28th April 2017.

After parents across Surrey and Hampshire found out if their child got a place at their preferred primary schools earlier this month, we’ve been looking into which schools in Elmbridge have received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.

What is Ofsted?

Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) is a government department that inspects and regulates state schools and colleges.

It publishes a public report based on each school’s performance, rating them on a four-point scale: Outstanding (1), Good (2), Requires improvement (3) and Inadequate (4). 

What does ‘Outstanding’ mean according to Ofsted?

“An outstanding school is highly effective in delivering outcomes that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs. This ensures that pupils are very well equipped for the next stage of their education, training or employment.”

In alphabetical order, here are the schools in the Elmbridge area that provide primary education, listed on Ofsted’s website as having achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating since 2007:

 

Name: Oatlands School

Address: St Mary's Road, Weybridge, KT13 9PZ

School type: Community School

Date of inspection: 3rd March 2010    

Inspector’s comment: “Your headteacher and teachers make your school a very special and welcoming place.”

 

Name: St Matthew's CofE Aided Infant School, Cobham

Address: Downside, Cobham, KT11 3NA

School type: Voluntary Aided School

Date of inspection: 16th October 2013    

Inspector’s comment: “Pupils are very polite and friendly and enjoy helping each other at playtime and when working in class. They feel very safe at school.”

 

Name: Thames Ditton Infant School

Address: Speer Road, Thames Ditton, KT7 0NW

School type: Foundation School

Date of inspection: 14th Feb 2008   

Inspector’s comment: “ It was great to see that you get on so well together and help each other in your work and play.”

 

Name: The Orchard Infant School

Address: Bridge Road, East Molesey, KT8 9HT

School type: Foundation School

Date of inspection: 9th May 2007   

Inspector’s comment: “We liked the very grown-up way you work independently and co-operate with each other.”

 

Name: St Matthew's CofE Aided Infant School, Cobham

Address: Downside, Cobham, KT11 3NA

School type: Voluntary Aided School

Date of inspection: 16th October 2013    

Inspector’s comment: “Pupils are very polite and friendly and enjoy helping each other at playtime and when working in class. They feel very safe at school.”

 

 How does a school achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating?

The following are listed in Ofsted’s school inspection handbook as grade descriptors for the top rating:

  • The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding.
  • All other key judgements are likely to be outstanding. In exceptional circumstances one of the key judgements may be good, as long as there is convincing evidence that the school is improving this area rapidly and securely towards outstanding.
  • The school’s thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their physical well-being enables pupils to thrive.
  • Safeguarding is effective.

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