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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 teacher wins Sussex teacher of the year award

It’s been an outstanding few weeks for Hannah Joyner a Learning Mentor at Thomas Bennett Community College who has been awarded Wellbeing Champion of the Year at the Sussex Teacher of the Year awards ceremony.



Working closely with students at the school Hannah offers outstanding pastoral support and always goes the extra mile. 

The heartfelt nomination was written by a student who said:

“She makes the school a better place where we feel like there is someone supporting us all the way”.

It’s clear to see that Miss Joyner loves her job and says “The students at the school are outstanding young people who are a pleasure to work with.  Hearing such wonderful words from a student validates why I enjoy what I do”.

Offering students excellent pastoral care and ensuring they feel supported at school is so important.  The students at Thomas Bennett Community College are obviously appreciative of the wonderful work the school do and this is so lovely to hear.

Headteacher Stuart Smith said:

“The whole school community are very proud of Miss Joyner for winning the Wellbeing Champion award and for making such an important contribution to the lives of our students.”

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