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Wincanton Primary School hailed by Ofsted inspectors

By WG_JTaylor  |  Posted: December 21, 2012

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Inspectors have praised the progress of Wincanton Primary School.

The school has received a glowing report from Ofsted after a two-day inspection last month.

Inspectors praised its progress under head teacher Graeme Wilson.

The school, which has 258 children, was rated as good across the board – including its quality of teaching, leadership and student achievement.

Mr Wilson, who took over the headship nearly three years ago, was delighted to build on the satisfactory rating the school obtained in October 2010.

He said: "We are so proud of our school and the way children learn.

"Our curriculum has been a large focus, with children's attainment at the forefront. The pupils work well together to achieve and develop skills that will enable them to succeed later in life.

"Governors, parents, staff and children have worked so hard to ensure the very best is provided for the school, and it is wonderful to have the seal of approval to prove it."

Children's learning is sparked by a series of "hooks" which have included trips funded by the school to Bristol Zoo and Weymouth Sea Life Centre.

Pupils also visited a local vet, post office and allotments.

And the youngsters have met community figures, including ambulance staff, police dog handlers and local residents to put their learning into a real life context.

Lead inspector David Howley said: "The new curriculum contributes greatly to pupils' enthusiasm for learning.

"This is because topics have exciting starting points and engage pupils through varied and enriched activities.

"Parents' comments demonstrate how the curriculum has improved the school tremendously over the past two years."

Inspectors said the school should continue its development with more opportunities for pupils to test their maths knowledge and skills by tackling problem-solving and other activities.

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