Potters Bar primary school scoops positive Ofsted report

Cranborne Primary school pupil with head teacher Alan Cocker.

Cranborne Primary school pupil with head teacher Alan Cocker. - Credit: Archant

A Potters Bar school was lauded for creating a “happy place” to learn following its latest Ofsted inspection.

Cranborne Primary School was judged ‘good’ after a short assessment last month, the details of which were published on Tuesday.

An inspector wrote: “Cranborne’s pupils love their school. It is a happy place where they know that they are valued and liked.

Pupils enjoy their lessons and love learning about the wide range of subjects in the school’s curriculum.”

Ofsted was particularly impressed by the high feedback rate from parents, including 247 responses to Parent View, 179 texts and 11 letters, with many choosing to write additional supportive comments.

One parent wrote: “Mr Cocker is the most driven head I have ever come across, his passion and warmth are incredible.”

It was also noted that pupils are very polite, friendly and show excellent attitudes to equality.

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The inspector added: “It is clear that you (the headteacher) and the rest of the school’s staff are playing a key role in helping pupils to understand the difference between right and wrong.”

During Cranborne’s previous visit in February 2013 it was highlighted that the school needed to accelerate pupils’ progress in reading, writing and mathematics, which has been accomplished.

Since 2013 the school has introduced a commercial training programme aimed at supporting ‘good’ teachers to become ‘outstanding’ ones, which many have completed.

To get an outstanding Ofsted report the inspector recommended that more disadvantaged pupils need to be seen to be making rapid progress and the assessment of subjects other than English and mathematics needs to be better to ensure that pupils make substantial and sustained progress in all year groups.