Ofsted Visit Chagford Primary
A huge, huge thank you to everyone who was in any way involved with our visit from the inspectors this week.
We have been expecting this visit for weeks and months and it was no great surprise when the call came in on Tuesday letting us know that the tem would be with us on Wednesday and Thursday.
The inspection was hard work, as it should be, but the two inspectors were very warm and genuine people, both with a background in leading schools so staff and children were put at their ease and were able to show the school off as it really is, and as we would wish it to be seen.
The rules around these things say that we are not allowed to share the judgement of the inspection until the report has been written and checked very thoroughly. We can't tell you what judgement was made but we can tell you that we are happy that the inspection was conducted very fairly and that we are pleased that the inspectors saw the school the way that we do. The report will likely be finilsed and published in four to six weeks and we will let you know the findings absolutely as soon as we are able to.
The lead inspector, Mrs Marie Thomas, made me promise to thank the children for thier warm welcoime to the school, she said they were a delight to work with that their openess and willingness to share their experiences at school had made her job a great deal easier. That's a lovely tribute to the children.
Thanks to all the parents who took time to fill out the Ofsted 'parentView' surveys. The information was read with real attention by the ispectors and it helped them to form thier views and come to their judgements. Thanks also to Governors Emma Neatha dn Mel Holyoak who played an important part in the inspection. Every school is a real team effort and I was very proud of the way that we all worked together to show our school off as we would wish it to be seen.
Over half term a very kind member of the community came into school and created two log circles for us to use, one on the field and one in the forest school area. This means that a class of children can sit comfortably in a circle to share a story, have a class discussion, meet a special guest or play a game. The circle in the forest school area will have a fire pit to allow for marchmallow toasting and stories around the fire.
Thank you so much to our benefactor for this generosity of time and expertise. These will be very well used.
Celebrating the Earth - Bee Event
June’s 'Celebrating the Earth Event - the latest in the serioes that has been running since the COP24 confrence last year - was truly heart-warming. Six little bees, with faces painted, swarmed up to the front of church to open and close the half-hour event, singing an ever-so-catchy couple of bee-related songs and receiving great applause from the audience. An absolute joy to behold! The children sand at the event in church then perfomred in our assembly on Wednesday - what superstars!