A Herefordshire School has been rated as ‘good’ following a recent inspection by Ofsted in April 2024.

Ofsted Inspectors visited Pencombe CofE Primary School in April 2024.

The report said:

“The pupils, their parents and the staff agree that Pencombe Church of England Primary School is like one big family. 

“There is a strong sense of community and belonging here; pupils don’t just attend ‘this’ school, they attend ‘their’ school.

“Pupils behave well in class and during playtimes. They are kind and considerate towards others and social times are harmonious. 

“Pupils of all ages play nicely together and older pupils relish helping their younger friends. 

“Pupils say that incidences of unkindness or poor behaviour are very rare. 

“They have complete trust in the adults to sort out any issues and to keep them safe. 

“This is a very happy, inclusive place to learn. 

“Pupils are rarely absent because the school works hard to encourage high attendance.

“Teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve. Pupils work hard to meet these, enjoying their learning along the way. 

“Despite the school being very small and geographically isolated, pupils receive a wealth of opportunities and cultural experiences in this outward-looking school. 

“They are well prepared for their next school and for later life.

“The school has put in place a curriculum in all subjects, which is carefully organised to build pupils’ knowledge over time. Teachers present information clearly and they have good subject knowledge.

“They use questioning effectively to ensure all pupils are involved and to develop pupils’ thinking. 

“Teachers skilfully adapt learning to make sure all pupils can access the curriculum. 

“They quickly identify if pupils have special educational needs and/or disabilities and provide additional support.

“The school has ensured that key learning is revisited regularly so that pupils develop a secure understanding. 

“For example, in history they revisit key concepts, such as cause and consequence. 

“This means pupils gain a deeper understanding of the periods of history they study.

“Older pupils, for example, are able to explain in detail how and why the Second World War started.

“In mathematics, teachers provide short revision sessions at the start of each day. This helps clear up pupils’ misconceptions. Pupils become confident, successful mathematicians who love a challenge. 

“They are skilled at talking about their mathematical reasoning.”

You can view the full report by visiting – https://files.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50246430