On 29th October, Ofsted Inspectors visited Leedstown Community Primary School and were full of praise for the broad curriculum on offer at the small rural school, commenting that this is leading to ‘strong foundations for future learning.’
The inspectors said: ‘Pupils enjoy school, behave well in lessons and value the opportunities to learn new knowledge. They have positive attitudes towards learning and want to achieve well. Lessons are calm and focused…Bullying is rare. Staff have high expectations of pupils and pupils are keen to demonstrate their best behaviour.’
They also said that ‘the curriculum is suitably challenging and builds on pupils’ interests.’ Headteacher, Nicola Neale, believes that the curriculum should be much wider than academic learning and achievement. At Leedstown Primary School teachers apply a cross-curricular, experiential approach to learning where children are immersed in learning on trips, during Enrichment Weeks, in the natural environment or in the newly built STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) building.
Mrs Neale said: ‘We are a forward thinking school and aim to provide experiences for our children that are memorable, fun and that stimulate every child’s desire to learn.’
As well as the specialist STEM building that will be opened at a STEM themed event in the New Year, the school boasts fantastic grounds, two yurts and a polytunnel to support pupils’ outdoor learning.
The school have a very supportive local community and enjoy links with West Cornwall golf club, local cricket clubs, Southampton Saints Football Club, Penzance gymnastics club, Hayle Day Centre and library as well as a selection of local secondary schools. Being members of the National Trust strengthens their links with the local heritage too. The school recently became a part of the Kernow Learning Trust (an amalgamation of two former Cornish Trusts; The Learning Academy Trust and Atlantic Centre of Excellence Trust) and as part of this affiliation the inspectors recognised the high quality training and support that the school is receiving, e.g. through the sharing of best practice with other small rural schools in Cornwall.
Kernow Learning CEO, Jennie Walker, said: We are extremely proud of everything that has been achieved at Leedstown and especially that this has been recognised by Ofsted. Leedstown is a really special little school with a wonderful group of pupils and some talented staff. Well done all!
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