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GVP is 'Good' School say Ofsted

1st April 2019

Gamlingay Village Primary has been praised by Ofsted for continuing to secure a good level of education for its pupils.

The school retained its good judgement following a short inspection earlier this term, its first inspection as a 5-11 primary school and after joining The Cam Academy Trust. Overall the inspector said: “Gamlingay is a happy school, where pupils feel safe and make good progress”.

The inspector praised the leadership team, along with their governors, for maintaining a good quality of education at the school and regularly checking that improvement plans are effective. The report also commended the quality of teaching and teachers’ ability to question students effectively to deepen their knowledge.

The report went on to applaud safeguarding, saying: “the leadership team has created a strong culture of safeguarding”, adding: “pupils say that they feel safe in school and that their teacher cares about them.” The behaviour of the pupils was also praised with the inspector saying they have a positive attitude towards learning.

The progress pupils made at the school was also praised. The improvements made to Year 6 mathematics progress was regarded to be working well and the inspector felt that overall pupils make good progress in reading and writing.

Shelley Desborough, Headteacher at Gamlingay Village Primary, said: “I am thrilled with the results of our latest inspection. Everyone at the school and Trust is committed to providing the best education possible for our students and to see our hard work acknowledged is so rewarding.

“The school has been through quite a bit of change. We have just moved into our new building and our student numbers have almost doubled since our last inspection. It is great to know that the inspector feels this period of time has been managed well and that we have put our pupils first in every respect.

“I am now looking forward to continuing to build on the good quality of teaching and learning to ensure our school remains one that our community can be proud of.”

Stephen Munday, Chief Executive Officer of The Cam Academy Trust, added: “This is a fantastic review of the school. It reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff, local governing body and students at Gamlingay Village Primary. We are so proud of the work they have put in and we are pleased that the first primary school to be inspected since joining the Trust has been so successful. We now believe that the school is extremely well placed, given all of its developments, to provide a really excellent education for every single pupil, which is our goal as a Trust.”

The full report can be found on the Ofsted website from Tuesday 2nd April, at: or on the School Performance page of our website

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