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“Effective relationships between pupils and staff make this school a caring and friendly community” – that’s the words of Ofsted inspectors following a recent visit to Cowes Primary School.

Ofsted carried out their first inspection of the Edinburgh Close school in almost 4 years last month and concluded that it is ‘Good’ across all measurable elements.

Highlights of the report include the fact that pupils feel safe and happy with many interesting visits, events and clubs on offer. Leaders focus on equipping pupils well for their future and staff expect pupils to flourish as learners and citizens. They want the very best for them.

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Leaders and teachers have been successful in improving the quality of education in reading, writing and mathematics. However, in a few subjects, curriculum planning lacks detail and coherence. Pupils have a patchy understanding in some areas, such as in history. They enjoy their topics but have not learned the really important knowledge that they should know.

In some foundation subjects, leaders’ revisions to curriculum planning are at an early stage. In these subjects, the curriculum is not yet sufficiently coherently planned. This means that pupils do not achieve as well as they should. Leaders are in the process of making necessary improvements.

You can read the full report at


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