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Bright Future for 2020!

Monday January 20th 2020


School and parents come together to create brighter future for their children


Pamphill CE First School has opened its new Early Years outdoor area. Parents, staff and school governors helped with the transformation, they are pictured with Head of School Rachael Oliver and pupils.


A small rural school is set for an exciting 2020 after seeing a new leadership team join forces with parents to create a brighter future for their children.


Pamphill CE First School, near Wimborne, has embarked on a range of improvements since it was placed in special measures last summer. It has appointed a new head of school, received praise from Ofsted and created, in partnership with mums and dads, its first outdoor area for Reception children.


The recent monitoring visit from Ofsted inspectors said the school is taking effective action towards the removal of special measures, has made safeguarding effective, the new head is ensuring there is no let-up in progress and parents are very supportive of the school.

Head of school, Rachael Oliver, said: “It has been a real honour to join Pamphill First School, it is a very special community indeed.


“The warm welcome I have received from staff, children and parents has made me feel very much at home - we’re all working together and supporting each other to achieve the very best for our children.


“I soon got to see just how special the community was when parents gave up their time and donated equipment so we could create a brand new extensive outdoor area for our youngest pupils.”

Ofsted highlighted the school’s new Early Years outdoor learning area as one of the major improvements.


This key addition to the school would not have been possible without the help of parents – many of whom donated equipment, such as timber, gravel, sand, woodchip, and used their skills to help get the area built.

Pamphill also recently launched a Forest School, which takes place in the surrounding National Trust land. 


Parent and architect Sean Daly was one of the parents who helped build the Early Years area. He said: “I was delighted to help create the external Early Years area at Pamphill, which will make a big difference for each child's education.

“There is such an energy at the school now and a real sense that everyone is pulling together to create a wonderful learning environment.”


And mum Zoe King, whose son is in Reception, added: “It was important to us to support the school and be an active part of that community.  

“The area will give the children new and unique opportunities for outdoor exploration and play, which we feel is so valuable in the early years.”


Other highlights in the Ofsted monitoring report included praise for the school’s reorganisation of the curriculum, which ensures subjects provide suitable challenge for pupils. Pupils speak positively about their learning and the school is the hub of the community, the reported noted. In her letter to the school, Inspector Kathy Maddocks wrote: “Pupils have many rich experiences beyond academic work. There are sports clubs, a gardening club and a school choir, which many pupils attend.


“During the inspection, pupils were working on business initiatives related to their school work.


Leaders have raised the expectations of pupils and staff. Pupils are now working at a level suitable for their age.”


The full monitoring report from Ofsted is available on the school’s website.



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