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Forge Wood Primary gets ‘Outstanding’ from first ever Ofsted Report

A Crawley school is celebrating its first Ofsted report which awarded
Outstanding in all areas with praise for staff and pupils.



Forge Wood Primary opened just three years ago and is already in the top
flight of schools with a clean sweep of Outstanding in every key area
looked at by the Ofsted inspector.

“We are so proud of everything we have achieved in a relatively short space
of time. The report confirms that everyone at Forge Wood Primary School is
doing their utmost to make education a stimulating, exciting and preparing
our pupils for the next stage of their journey,” said Executive Headteacher
Jo Newton.

From early years provision to excellent pupil behaviour, the report
highlights a wide variety of attributes which ensured the school achieved
the highest award. The important role of the umbrella GLF multi-academy
trust is also celebrated.

“Pupils love school and become confident, resilient and ambitious learners.
Many skip and run into school in the morning in their excitement to get
into the classroom,”
says the report which was published this week.

“The school’s exciting curriculum takes pupils on a journey of discovery
and learning. As a result, they are highly engaged and motivated to learn.

“Highly effective teaching ensures that pupils learn exceptionally well. As
a result, pupils are extremely well prepared for the next stage of their
education, both personally and academically,”
it adds.

“Strong professional development programme ensures that staff benefit from high-quality training and coaching, including opportunities for teachers to work alongside their colleagues in other schools.”

The excellent behaviour of pupils and their enthusiasm for learning is part
of the outstanding work the school undertakes in personal development and welfare.

“Pupils tackle a wide range of activities with great enthusiasm. They take
great care to make sure that they work to the best of their abilities
because they respect their teachers and want to do well,”
the inspector

The school currently has 92 pupils and has pupils from reception to Year 2
and will be a two-form entry primary by 2023. It is based in a
purpose-built development offering the latest technology and extensive

“Our motto of Aspire, Explore and Achieve is at the heart of all we do and
our amazing school will grow from this incredibly special foundation,”

added Miss Newton.


Attention all local Teachers. FREE tickets for your students as Into Film Festival returns to Crawley

Bookings now open for the world’s largest free film festival, programmed with the help of Into Film’s celebrity ambassadors



Pupils are once again being offered the opportunity to attend free cinema trips and access free resources through the Into Film Festival, with 3000 film screenings and 200 special events taking place throughout the UK. Returning for its 7th year from 6-22 November, the Festival is the world’s largest free film festival and its many themes and topics can be utilised by educators across the curriculum, in subjects such as English, modern foreign languages (MFL), geography, history, PSHE, politics and citizenship.

This year will feature 6 screenings in Cineworld Crawley of a variety of films targeted towards both primary and secondary students including Stan & Ollie, Vice, The Angry Birds Movie 2, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Under the Sea (Imax) and Mary Poppins Returns (Autism friendly). Of those events, over 1000 free tickets are still up for grabs.

Some of Into Film’s celebrity ambassadors helped programme this year’s Festival by choosing their favourite children’s films to be screened, including Sir Kenneth Branagh (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Rhys Ifans (Oliver!), Katie Leung (Moana), Naomie Harris (The Sound of Music), Matthew Rhys (E.T.) and Ruby Barnhill (Howl’s Moving Castle).

This year’s Festival is comprised of eight strands that can help educators navigate the packed programme: Mental Wellbeing & Identity, Language & Creativity, The Natural World, Exploring History, Debate, Fantasy & Adventure, Rebellion and Musicals.

The Into Film Festival, hosted by film education charity, Into Film is supported by Cinema First and the BFI through National Lottery funding and backed by the UK film industry. It is notably one of the biggest, free cultural events of the year and is curated for UK pupils aged 5-19 offering over 3,000 film screenings and speaker events covering a vast range of curriculum-linked topics.

The Into Film Festival 2019 will take place from 6-22 November. All events and screenings are free. For programme information, to book tickets and download resources visit:

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