Dursley celebrate Ofsted outcome

 “This is a good school,” that’s the view of Ofsted Inspectors that recently visited Dursley Church of England Primary Academy.

Staff, pupils and parents are celebrating following a positive Ofsted report this week.

Paul Daniels, Principal said: “We are delighted that Ofsted Inspectors have confirmed what the children and families in our community have known for some time: that Dursley Primary Academy is a wonderful learning community.”

The report states, “The overwhelming majority of parents are extremely supportive of the academy. They are pleased with the quality of education and care their children receive”. In addition Jen Southall, HMI wrote, “Relationships between adults and pupils are very strong…As a result, pupils behave well and are happy to come to the Academy.”

Mr Daniels is very proud of the Academy’s achievements, “I firmly believe that I work at a special place. I feel very privileged to be leading a community that so obviously cares and goes the extra mile to make a difference for all the children in our care.”

Neil Grecian, Chair of Governors said, “We are delighted the report recognised the many strengths of the Academy. Ofsted have left us with some areas to develop in teaching, strategic planning and governance but what pleased us was that these were already areas we had identified though our own accurate self-evaluation and started to address”.

“Since joining the Trust, the academy has introduced new curriculum opportunities,” said Helena Arnold, CEO of the Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust. “The Ofsted report highlights how pupils enjoy their philosophy lessons, relishing opportunities to debate different topics. This, alongside the wide range of clubs, academy trips, and artistic and cultural events on offer has really enhanced pupils’ learning experience.”

In addition to celebrating a good Ofsted report, Dursley Academy will soon be celebrating the opening of their new kitchen and dining area.  The Academy Trust has also just received confirmation that it has successfully secured more capital funding, worth a total of nearly £400,000, for Dursley Academy. Work will commence in the summer to further improve the academy site.

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