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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.


Crawley students put a literary spin on their ‘lockdown’ life



Crawley College students have been putting a literary spin on their lockdown life.

Last month, the Maths & English team dared their students to enter a college-wide ‘LockDown WriteUp’ challenge.

Students studying GCSE English or Functional Skills were invited to write 250 words, either fact or fiction, about the lockdown experience and they certainly didn’t disappoint.

Around 50 stories came in, with a selection of them chosen to appear on the college website. Amazon vouchers were  also up for grabs as prizes for stories that impressed staff the most.

David Towsey, Head of Learning for English & Maths, at Crawley College, said:

“We were delighted with the response from our students. Many of the entries came from our GCSE English students, which – for me – makes their accomplishments all the greater as many of them previously had less confidence in their writing ability.

“The aim of the competition was to provide an opportunity for us to share our stories in this unique time, and to make people smile and feel more connected to each other and to their college community.

“The variety of entries was fantastic, and it was inspiring to see how the students really tapped into their imagination and left us wanting more – the aim of all good storytellers!

“We’re proud to share just a small snapshot of these on the website, and hope people enjoy reading them as much as we have.”

You can read a selection of the ‘LockDown Write Up’ Crawley College stories at

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