When you walk through the door of Shillingstone School you will know immediately that this is a caring and inclusive school where everybody feels welcome.
With strong staff parent partnerships and a varied and engaging curriculum, children are motivated to achieve their full potential.
When pupils leave the school, it is with happy memories of their primary education and an enthusiasm for future learning.
The school had an OFSTED inspection 17/18 October 2012 and was judged to be a GOOD school.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school.
Since the last inspection there has been significant improvement in pupils’ attainment, particularly in Years 5 and 6, and almost all pupils make good progress. This is because teaching has improved and is now consistently good with some that is outstanding, especially in Years 5 and 6. However, in Years 1 to 4, progress in writing is not as rapid as in reading and mathematics.
Pupils’ attendance is excellent and pupils say, ‘Lessons are never boring!’ Lively teaching and a stimulating curriculum capture their interest and create a very positive climate for learning. Pupils feel very safe, thoroughly enjoy school and their attitudes and behaviour are exemplary.
The headteacher, new at the time of the last inspection, has led the school firmly through a period of considerable change. The school is well settled in its new building and the quality of teaching has been improved. By using the help and advice provided by the local authority, the headteacher has built a competent team of teachers, assistants and governors who together have successfully addressed the issues from the last inspection.
A strength of the school is its inclusive nature. Disabled pupils, those with special educational needs and those whose circumstances may cause them to be vulnerable receive a very warm welcome and make good progress