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Hautes Capelles school judged ‘good’ across the board by Ofsted

Hautes Capelles Primary School has been judged as ‘good’ across the board by Ofsted inspectors.

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Celebrating the news are headteacher Sue Coughlin and members of the school's pupil leadership group, left to right, Elliott Watts, George Clark, Izzi Quinn, Sylvia Glencross, Elodie Woodward, Nina Ogier and Alex Luxon. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 33151983)

Inspectors noted that pupils were well behaved and enjoyed a well-taught curriculum. Bullying is rare.

The primary school has just over 400 pupils, making it the fourth-largest primary school in the island.

‘The school has a clear, shared ambition for its pupils. It has navigated a period of significant change to the curriculum over the last three years,’ the report stated.

‘The school now has a knowledge-rich and well-sequenced curriculum which aligns with the Bailiwick curriculum.’

There was praise for a highly-structured approach to the teaching of early reading, while students with extra needs receiving carefully tailored and timely plan.

The curriculum includes structured learning about careers, though inspectors did identify that in some subjects more assessment was needed to understand pupils’ progress.

‘As a result, pupils develop gaps in their knowledge,’ the report states.

‘The school needs to ensure there is a consistent and effective approach to assessment in all subjects. This will enable teachers to adapt learning successfully when needed.’

Inspectors also flagged that there needed to be clearer subject leadership.

‘The school should continue to train and support subject leaders, particularly those new to their role, so that they can drive forward necessary changes to the curriculum and check the impact of these.’

Headteacher Sue Coughlin has led the school since 2010 and was delighted with the report.

‘The report highlights that we know our children and families well to make their time with us academically sound and rich with experiences,’ she said.

‘Achieving “good” in all categories is a significant success which validates the hard work and dedication of the school team, who have worked tirelessly on developing the curriculum and wider offer for the children.

‘I am incredibly proud of our school and community and know that together we will continue to ensure the very best for each of our pupils.’

Hautes Capelles was the seventh States primary school to be inspected and director of Education Nick Hynes said latest report continued to demonstrate that the local primary education system was delivering good results.

‘We were already confident of this fact, but to have it confirmed by Ofsted is great news,’ he said.

Just four primary schools now await their first Ofsted inspections – Amherst, Castel, Vauvert and St Mary & St Michael.