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Top of the class: St Matthew’s ‘good’ Ofsted rating

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Staff and pupils at a Stroud primary school are over the moon after it received a good Ofsted rating after previously being placed into special measures.

Inspectors visited St Matthew’s Primary School in Cainscross on Tuesday, September 26 and Wednesday, September 27, five years after it was placed into special measures in 2018 following an Ofsted grade of inadequate, the lowest possible rating. 

Lorna Buchanan, the Lead Inspector, highlighted the warm welcome that pupils receive as they arrive each day and the sense of community that exists in school. She also commented on the polite and well-mannered children who understand the importance of good behaviour. The rich and ambitious curriculum was also identified as a strength, as well as the fantastic help for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The only area to improve is around teachers using assessment in the wider curriculum subjects which the school is working on anyway.  

The Executive Headteacher, Mr Lucas said: “We are delighted with the report which reflects the hard work of everyone involved in the school. I would like to personally thank all the staff and governors for their unwavering dedication in everything we’ve been doing, helping us on our fantastic journey back to being a good school, at the first time of asking.

“We all know that St Matthew’s is a very special place for children to learn and we’re so pleased that the inspectors saw what we see every day.”

The school’s next open day is on Tuesday, November 21st at 1.30pm.

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