Cauldwell Primary School praised for pandemic pupil support

Caudwell School's Year 2 Leopards celebrating their 'good' Ofsted rating.
Caudwell School's Year 2 Leopards celebrating their 'good' Ofsted rating.

Cauldwell Primary School has been praised by Ofsted inspectors for “extra steps” taken during the pandemic to make sure pupils made progress and were safe and confident.

Comments in their recent reports highlighted the school’s “sense of family”, “high ambitions for pupils” and “well-designed curriculum”.

The school, which is part of HEART Academies Trust, was also praised for the way it teaches reading and gives children responsibility.

Inspectors said that pupils clearly enjoyed ‘Spooky Story Days’ and “delighted in learning new vocabulary”, adding that initiatives, such as the ‘weekly special person’ award and the prefect and buddy system meant “visitors cannot fail to notice [the school’s] sense of family”.

Praising the staff, inspectors went on to say they too “play their full part so that pupils are safe, confident and make progress in their learning.”

“Adults took, and continue to take, extra steps to do so during the national pandemic,” they added.

Pupils also gave their own views telling inspectors what it is like to attend Cauldwell, with “I feel special” and “my voice is heard” just two of the comments.

Inspectors added that “pupils know that they are valued and like the fact that adults give them plenty of encouragement to achieve their best.”

The praise comes only weeks after two other HEART Academies Trust schools, Shortstown Primary in Cardington and Shackleton Primary in Bedford, were also inspected.

Ofsted has given all three schools an overall rating of “good”.

Judith Apps, Headteacher of Cauldwell, said: “At Cauldwell, we strongly believe that there are no insurmountable barriers to our pupils’ success.”