OFSTED inspectors have visited a primary school in Herefordshire to check whether it is still good.

And the two-strong inspecting team left by saying the school, with 77 pupils was still good, and praised it for the opportunities it gives pupils, including sending them on trips to Wales.

St Mary’s CE Primary School, in Dilwyn near Leominster, was told by Ofsted that "living, loving and learning together" was at its heart.


The inspectors said pupils, who achieve and behave well, spoke positively about the support they get from staff and want to go to school every day.

"This is because they enjoy learning, feel safe and are happy in school," inspectors Stuart Clarkson and Stuart Evans said after the ungraded inspection in January.

The latest report, published in February, said pupils studied a broad range of subjects and leaders had set out precisely what they wanted pupils to learn in most subjects, but there was still work to do in some subjects.

Leaders, under principal Peter Kyles, supported pupils’ wider development well, the inspectors said, and pupils learned about their health and wellbeing.

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They also spoke confidently about online safety and being safe in the community, with their understanding of democracy, equality and diversity developed.

They were also said to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as guitar, crochet, baking and sports, as well as days out to the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and residential trips to Wales.

Safeguarding was said to be effective, and there was also praise for the support given to pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, how pupils are confident and happy and work to ensure children can read well.


To improve, the school should also make sure that pupils know what they needed to do and address any gaps in their knowledge.

When Ofsted has judged a school to be good, it will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm it remains good.

While those inspections are not graded, if it finds evidence that a school would receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, within two years.

If it has serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, it will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.