A PRIMARY school is celebrating after being rated 'Good' by Ofsted after six years.

Western Downland Church of England Aided Primary School, in Damerham, was visited by Ofsted inspectors between September 12 and September 13, 2023.

The inspectors found the school’s vision of giving pupils 'the roots to grow and wings to fly’ recognised by everyone.

"Pupils know and understand the school’s core values of love, righteousness and fellowship", and "strive to live these out in all they do", the report said. 

Inspectors also described the school as "highly inclusive" with "staff making adaptations to learning so that all pupils can learn alongside one another", and that "everyone has high expectations of behaviour" and "pupils treat each other with kindness and compassion". Salisbury Journal: Deputy Headteacher Jackie Miller (left) and Headteacher Alice Tubbs (right) with some pupilsDeputy Headteacher Jackie Miller (left) and Headteacher Alice Tubbs (right) with some pupils (Image: Western Downland CofE Primary School)

Headteacher Alice Tubbs said: "We are absolutely delighted that this report recognises the many strengths of our school.

"The report is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff and the engagement of the pupils and their families and carers. 

"Although there have been some areas highlighted for improvement, School Leaders had already identified, and have been working to improve, these areas.

"This clearly demonstrates the strong leadership of the school, who are committed to implement and review strategies which will deal with the areas raised by the Ofsted inspection." 

While the inspectors had little negative to say about the school, all Ofsted reports contain a section on what a school can do to improve.

In the case of Western Downland, inspectors reported: "Some of the curriculum improvements are new this academic year and are still being embedded.

"Consequently, staff do not always have the subject knowledge to design activities which enable pupils to learn the intended information.

"This is being addressed, but there is more work to do.

"Staff now focus on making sure that pupils can recall the key content by revisiting it regularly.

"Although staff ask questions to check what pupils have remembered, they do not always have an accurate picture of what pupils can do."