Cavalry Primary School in March named as one of the best in the country by Ofsted

AN “outstanding” school has been named as one of the best in the country.

Cavalry Primary School is in the top six per cent of English primaries after it was awarded the highest rating by Ofsted inspectors.

In a near-perfect inspection report, regulators said they gave teachers top marks because: “The school offers pupils an extremely rich education that extends well beyond the classroom.”

They went on to say that teaching was “inspirational” and that: “Pupils’ horizons are broadened and they are encouraged to aim high.”

In addition Ofsted praised the staff’s “vision and ambition” during its June 15 and 16 inspection and added: “The school is persistent and imaginative in finding ways to meet pupils’ needs.

“It works extremely well with parents, carers and other partners to give pupils to best possible support.”

Head teacher Val Spriggs said she was “absolutely delighted” with the verdict.

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She said: “It is all about teamwork. I have a wonderful team of staff and governors that all want the best for the children.”

The school achieved an “outstanding” mark from Ofsted in 2009 and said: “We always knew it was going to be hard to get outstanding again.”

But it surpassed even its own high standards after building a state-of-the-art children’s centre on site to provide even more services for young people, their families and the community.

Ofsted lead inspector Joy Richardson told pupils: “You are extremely lucky to go to such an outstanding school.”

In a letter to all 313 children at the school in Cavalry Drive, March, she said: “Staff make sure there are always interesting things to do in lessons, clubs, when you go on visits and in the playground too.

“Everyone seems to enjoy coming to your school and you are quite right to be very proud of it,”