A school situated close to the New Forest maintained its 'Good' Ofsted rating but also rose to 'Outstanding' in one part of the recent Ofsted report. 

Hyde Church of England Primary School, Fordingbridge had the inspection on Tuesday, November 28 and Wednesday, November 29 last year. The school received 'Good' in overall effectiveness, the quality of education, good behaviour and attitudes, and good personal development.

Ofsted awarded an 'Outstanding' in leadership and management. 

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Chair of Governors, Paul Millard said: “The positive findings of the inspection report conducted on 28th and 29th November 2023 have brought a sense of pride and accomplishment to our staff and governors.

"The report reaffirms our commitment to our pupils, stating that 'pupils' learning and development are at the heart of everything. It also acknowledges our school's strong stance on punctuality and attendance, reinforcing the belief that everything we do feels like it has a purpose.”

Interim executive headteacher, Tracy Allen said: “The report was an excellent and honest assessment of what the school provides for our children every day.”

"The report describes our school as 'a small school with big ambitions for its pupils. Without a doubt, pupils gain a great deal from Hyde being one of three schools in the Forest Edge Learning Federation."

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The Ofsted report also stated 'this is a small school with big ambitions for its pupils and that pupils benefit from opportunities to learn and socialise with others of the same age' and that the Roots curriculum provides 'strong roots' to grow tall.

Leaders also promise every pupil 50 special experiences ranging from singing around a campfire, to stargazing, making a film or going to an art gallery. 

Tracy added: "We have already identified and are continuing our work on retrieval strategies to ensure that our pupils routinely revisit and embed their subject-specific learning.

"The report notes that 'everything is focused on its well-considered plans to improve pupils learning in these areas further.'

Some improvements were cited including the potential of the project-based approach to the curriculum not being fully realised with pupils unable to readily recall key learning from subjects not studied for a while.

Ofsted advised pupils should routinely revisit and embed their subject-specific learning.