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Roselands Primary School in Paignton leaps from failing to outstanding in just four years

By adamjohn78  |  Posted: November 28, 2011

Headteacher Debbie Main has praised staff and students at Roselands Primary School in Paignton, after receiving the highest grade of ‘Outstanding’ in a recent Ofsted report.

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Roselands Primary School, Paignton is celebrating after rising from the bottom six percent of Primary Schools in the country to the top six percent in just four years.

The school, which was in 'Notice to Improve' just four years ago, has received the highest grade of 'Outstanding' by Ofsted following a recent inspection.

In its report Ofsted singled out the headteacher, senior staff and governors saying: "This is an outstanding school with a highly inclusive ethos of community and equal achievement for all. The senior staff and governors, led by an inspirational headteacher, work extremely well together and have made significant improvements since the last inspection.

"The headteacher's unwaivering, collegiate and very successful commitment to continued improvement is informed by excellent monitoring and self-evaluation.  Consequently, pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding."

It went on to say: "The schools excellent curriculum cuts across traditional subject boundaries to make sure that work is stimulating and progressively develops pupils' skills and experience."

Noting the positive behaviour of the pupils the report also said: "Pupils greatly enjoy school and undoubtedly feel very safe. This is apparent in their outstanding behaviour and relationships.

"Observations of lessons clearly showed the way in which pupils totally commit themselves to their work and enjoy the activities. As a result, by the time they leave school, the pupils' good attendance, excellent academic achievement and very positive attitudes to learning prepare them extremely well for the future."

Headteacher Debbie Main said: "We are all thrilled with this fantastic achievement which has definitely been the result of a great team working together. I am extremely pleased that the hard work and dedication from all the staff, children, parents and governors at the school has now been recognised by Ofsted.

"The school has been on a great journey and, although we are all very happy to have achieved an 'Outstanding' grade, we are still focused on ensuring that the school continues to improve further."

Cllr Chris Lewis said: "I am very proud of the pupils, staff, parents and governors at Roselands - they have come along in leaps and bounds in the last four years.

"It goes to show what can be achieved with the right leadership and support as well as dedication, hard work and pure tenacity when faced with difficult times.

"Well done to everyone this is a remarkable achievement."

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