High expectations for staff and children at our 'Good' school
Cuddington Croft’s recent Ofsted report recognised that children “flourish in a happy and safe learning environment which promotes independence from the youngest to the oldest pupils”’.
The school’s curriculum is designed to instil high aspirations in all children and encourage them to become resilient, life-long learners who embrace challenges and continue to grow and develop. Inspectors recognised that “Leaders make sure that a love of reading is the top priority for pupils. Nursery and Reception children are introduced to reading from day one.” Children are encouraged from the start by teachers who are excellent role models. With an ambitious curriculum, reviewed regularly and refined, children enjoy a structured approach to phonics which develops confidence as they move through the school. “Older pupils read fluently and enjoy discussing their reading with both their teachers and friends,” the report adds.
Children’s good behaviour and ability to treat each other with respect was highlighted: “They have very positive attitudes to their learning, enabling them to reach teachers’ high expectations. Pupils are encouraged to form their own opinions in an inclusive and tolerant school. Personal responsibility, even for the youngest children, is a core principle of their development”.
Cuddington Croft offers children many enrichment experiences to help deepen their knowledge. An astrology topic in Year 2 sees lessons take place in the ‘space dome’ which brings the universe to life; Year 6 children learn how to use spreadsheets in computing; and residential trips in Years 4, 5 and 6 promote personal development alongside adventure and learning. This is just a snapshot of the varied and balanced curriculum offer.
Cuddington Croft continues to be a ‘Good’ school after the inspection in October last year. The report reflects the hard work and commitment of all the staff and the wider school community.