School makes grade

CROMWELL Park Primary School in Huntingdon, which opened in 2002, has been praised as a lovely school with a calm, enriching environment . A report by inspectors from Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, said: Cromwell Park always feels warm,

CROMWELL Park Primary School in Huntingdon, which opened in 2002, has been praised as "a lovely school with a calm, enriching environment".

A report by inspectors from Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, said: "Cromwell Park always feels warm, approachable and very friendly."

The school was graded good overall and outstanding in some areas.

The report said its success was underpinned by the commitment of the headteacher, Stephanie Barnard-Steward, and her staff, who ensure that pupils received an outstanding level of care, guidance and support.


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It adds: "As a result, pupils' personal development, including their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, is outstanding and they are well prepared for their move to secondary education.

"They relish the many opportunities to take responsibility, such as being house captains, being part of the effective school council and raising money for a wide range of charities."

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Ofsted said pupil achievement was good and senior staff had placed strong emphasis on improving standards in mathematics.

By the time children left the school, they were above average in English, maths and science. Progress of both girls and boys was good in communication, language and literacy.

The quality of teaching at Cromwell Park was found to be good with outstanding features, lessons were interesting, there was good use of information technology, a full programme of educational visits, and music had a high profile in the school.

There was also a range of after-school activities, mainly sport.

To improve further, the report said, the school should ensure that lesson plans effectively provided for the differing needs of all pupils.

INFORMATION: Cromwell Park has 203 pupils on the roll, aged between four and 11.

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