Outstanding Ofsted for Camden school
PUBLISHED: 11:53 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:50 07 September 2010
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Susanna Wilkey TEACHERS at a Camden Town primary are over the moon after government inspectors ranked their school as outstanding for the first time. Richard Cobden primary in Camden Street received the top accolade in its latest Ofsted report and was com
TEACHERS at a Camden Town primary are over the moon after government inspectors ranked their school as outstanding for the first time.
Richard Cobden primary in Camden Street received the top accolade in its latest Ofsted report and was commended for the outstanding education it provides for pupils.
A report said: "The parents are overwhelmingly supportive and are very happy with the work of the school.
"This is because Richard Cobden provides an outstanding education for its pupils.
"The dedicated, tireless work of the headteacher and her team of senior leaders ensures that the pupils are at the heart of everything they do - because every child really does matter in this school."
Headteacher Kathy Bannon, who has been at the school six years, said: "We are really very pleased that the hard work of the school has been recognised and the wonderful work that the children do.
"This is the first time we have been rated outstanding. The last time was good with outstanding features. We are delighted.
"The continued efforts of the staff and families working together in partnership made it possible. It is a great school and I love working here."
The school is larger than most primaries and the proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals is higher than average and increasing every year.
Most pupils are learning English as an additional language and the proportion identified with behavioural, emotional or language difficulties is much higher than average and increased significantly in 2008.
Despite this, standards are broadly average by the end of Year 6.
Learners meet and exceed highly challenging targets and most pupils make excellent progress.
The report said: "The shared vision of the senior team and governors is a key feature of the school's success and facilitates the improvement of the life chances of each pupil.
"This promotes and contributes exceptionally well to the outstanding personal development of all pupils.
"Children enjoy school very much and behave extremely well both in and out of classrooms."
The school's early years foundation stage at the nursery, which was inspected for the first time, was rated good overall.
Inspectors also found that children entered the nursery with low levels of skills, particularly in language and personal development, but that they settled quickly and became happy and confident learners.
To improve further, Ofsted inspectors recommended consolidating the tracking of progress in the early years foundation stage to better measure improvement as well as improving attendance through the focused follow-up of persistent absenteeism.