Burbage is a Good School

Huge congratulations to all staff and children at Burbage Primary School on being rated Good in all areas by Ofsted who visited the school for a two day inspection in November. Her Majesty’s Inspector carried out a detailed review of the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and Early Years provision.

Zoë Garbutt, Principal of Burbage Primary School, said, “Our recent inspection highlighted many strengths across the school, notably how the children get off to a very strong and well-supported start in our Pre-School and Reception class. Since the last inspection, the Ofsted framework has been rewritten and the standards needed to gain a good grading have increased substantially. I am incredibly pleased that the significant improvement journey the school has undergone over the last two years has been recognised.”

The Ofsted inspector commented on how well the school had coped with the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic and was especially impressed by the absence of bullying saying, ” Bullying is rare. On the odd occasion it occurs, staff deal with it swiftly and effectively. One pupil told inspectors that he did not think it had happened ‘for five years’.”

Not only were the inspectors impressed by the children’s exemplary behaviour they were also struck by how clearly they care for one another, reporting, “The ‘buddy crew’ help pupils in break and lunchtimes. They wear distinctive red shirts so that everyone knows who they are. Pupils spoke about them excitedly when explaining that they help pupils who are struggling to find something to do. Other pupils take positions of responsibility in the democratically elected school council.” The school’s strong safeguarding ethos was highly commended in the report.

Describing the school as being the hub of the local community the inspector praised the Principal for her clear vison and the impact she has made through strong leadership and excellent management which has enabled effective teamwork across the school.