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Ofsted success for 'inclusive and caring' Blewbury school

Blewbury CE Primary has achieved an Ofsted overall ‘Good’ grade, with ‘Outstanding’ provision for Early Years pupils, in its first Ofsted inspection since undergoing a transformation over the past four years.

The report recognises the school’s ‘high ambitions’ and how children work hard, behave well and achieve well. It states that leaders ‘have high aspirations for pupils. They share the same inclusive vision and keep pupils at the heart of decision-making’. Inspectors also praised the school’s focus on reading, and how it ‘provides well for pupils’ wider development’ with a range of experiences such as pupil leadership opportunities, trips and clubs.

The ‘Outstanding’ Early Years provision is highlighted, with the report stating that ‘children get off to an excellent start. The early years curriculum prepares children well for the next stage of their education. Children cooperate extremely well with each other and happily share resources with friends.’ It also notes that staff help children to ‘develop their communication and language skills extremely well’.

Blewbury headteacher, Jo Reeder, said: ‘We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the inspection. The first sentence of the report 'pupils are proud of their inclusive and caring school' absolutely reflects our school ethos. I am incredibly proud of the staff team for their hard work and dedication; and am grateful to the governors, parents, carers and wider community for supporting the school on its improvement journey. I am delighted with the way the pupils articulated and showed our values to the inspectors, who particularly commented to us on how respectful and tolerant they were of each other's views and differences.’ 

The successful inspection outcome marks an important milestone for Blewbury, which joined multi-academy trust Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST) in January 2020 following a previous inspection that placed the school in special measures. The school has since undergone a transformation with new leadership and support from ODST.

Anne Dellar, Chief Executive of Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust, said: ‘Ofsted inspections are rigorous and to be graded ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ for Early Years education is a remarkable achievement. Children really are getting the best possible start to their school journey at Blewbury. I’m extremely proud of the school leaders, staff and children, who make it such a happy and inclusive environment in which to learn. Blewbury strives for excellence and ODST will of course continue to support the school through this next exciting chapter.’

Blewbury welcomes enquiries from families looking for school places and interested parents and carers should contact the school office on 01235 850411 or