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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.


Tilgate Primary School praised by Ofsted

Following a recent Ofsted inspection, The Oaks Primary School and Nursery was judged as continuing to be a good school that is highly ambitious for its pupils.



The inspection took place on the last Wednesday of the school year in July and the report states that the school has a:

cohesive, knowledgeable and influential team of senior and middle leaders who are highly ambitious for pupils”.

The report also acknowledges how positive the pupils and parents feel about the school:

“Pupils enjoy school. They are enthusiastic, keen and inquisitive learners…(the pupils) said that lessons are fun and make them think hard”. “Parents praised the staff’s efforts to provide children with good opportunities to learn and ensure that they are fully prepared for the next stage of their education. One parent said, ‘My daughter loves the school.’ Parents particularly value the way staff support their children to develop good personal and social skills”.

There is also praise for The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) and the impact of collaborative work between the TKAT schools:

“Leaders at all levels benefit from their collaborative work with The Kemnal Academies Trust. From schools within this multi-academy trust (MAT), leaders meet together to share good practice and update their knowledge”.

Alan Gunn, Headteacher of the school said,

“We are all absolutely thrilled with the report. We have a highly dedicated and skilled staff who are all committed to giving all our children the best possible start to life.

Everyone works very hard to ensure The Oaks is a fantastic place for our children to learn and grow as successful, confident and responsible individuals. I am so proud of our children and the staff and it is great that our efforts have been acknowledged by Ofsted.

The report has highlighted a number of our strengths and that we continue to strive to provide good level of education. It has also confirmed ways that we can continue to improve on to ensure even greater success in the future.”

The full report can be read on the School’s website by clicking here.

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