Children 'never want to miss a day' at this 'outstanding' school

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A primary school where children "never want to miss a day" has been rated 'outstanding' by inspectors. Rode Heath Primary School was given top marks from Ofsted following a two-day inspection back in March.

The Heath Avenue school had previously been judged as 'good'. A recently-published Ofsted report states: "Pupils are extremely happy in school. They never want to miss a day. This contributes to their high rates of attendance. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary in lessons and at playtimes. They strive to live up to the school’s values of fairness, resilience, teamwork and curiosity.

"Pupils said that they have a strong voice in school and that they use this to stand up for what is right. Pupils, and their parents and carers, said that they feel proud and fortunate to be apart of this welcoming school. Pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), seize every opportunity to learn something new.

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"For example, they relish taking part in the wide variety of after-school clubs on offer, such as yoga, coding, choir and engineering. Pupils, including those with SEND, achieve exceptionally well. They more than rise to the school’s high expectations of their academic achievement.

"Pupils have a real thirst to learn more each and every day. Pupils leave the school at the end of Year 6 as knowledgeable and thoughtful individuals. They are extremely well prepared for the demands of secondary school."

The report adds: "Governors understand and fulfil their statutory duties with diligence. They provide highly effective challenge and support to the school to continually improve the quality of education that pupils receive.

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-Credit:Stoke Sentinel

"Staff know that their workload and well-being are considered when any decision is made. They are highly appreciative of the support that they receive to enable them to carry out their roles effectively."

Headteacher John Frankland said: "I would like to congratulate every member of our dedicated team at the school on this glowing report. The school is very fortunate to have such a wonderful team of professionals, who go above and beyond to create an environment where pupils want to do well and feel cared for."

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