Short inspection of Cheselbourne Village School

Following my visit to the school on 16 March 2017, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the inspection findings. The visit was the first short inspection carried out since the school was judged to be good in April 2013.

This school continues to be good.

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection. The years since the previous inspection have seen a number of new staff join the school, including you as senior teacher. Since January 2017, you have taken on the role of acting headteacher in the absence of your colleague. Supported by the strong governing body and the local authority, you have continued the journey of improvement. There is a clear strategy to ensure that pupils continue to make good progress. You have also worked with the headteacher in increasing the number of opportunities for pupils to be engaged in after-school events. Parents speak positively about this aspect of the school’s provision. They commend the personal role you have taken in involving parents and the community in the life of the school by, for example, re-establishing fundraising events.

Pupils are enthusiastic about learning. They welcome visitors warmly, are keen to share their work and speak confidently about their learning and what they need to do to improve further. They focus well in class and are respectful of others’ views and responses. Pupils enjoy school. One parent, typical of many, commented that her children ‘run into school in the morning’. Pupils share excitedly what they have learned during the day. Parents and pupils were enthusiastic about the enrichment activities provided, such as the collaborative music concert.

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