A PRIMARY school where "pupils are happy to attend" and "bullying is rare" has impressed Ofsted inspectors.

Clifton-upon-Teme Primary School, in Pound Lane, near Bromyard, has received a Good rating from Ofsted inspectors for the third time in the last 11 years.

Inspectors praised students for being very well behaved and respectful towards adults and each other. 


The report said: "They model the school’s ‘Clifton Way’ values, including teamwork and perseverance in all they do.

"Pupils feel safe and are confident that staff would help them with any problems or worries they may have."

Karen Crawford, who has been the headteacher since 2020, said: "We are really pleased with it and the report is a really fair reflection of the school. 

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"It is really positive and pupils absolutely shone throughout our inspection. 

"We've maintained a 'good' rating over the past couple of years.

"The children are really proud of their school and they all wanted to speak to the inspectors, they are all just brilliant ambassadors."

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Staff were praised for the broad and interesting curriculum they teach the pupils. 

The report said: "Staff have high expectations of all pupils, including those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), to achieve well.

"Pupils experience a broad and interesting curriculum.

"They are academically, socially, and emotionally well prepared for the next steps in their education."

The report outlines some areas to improve on, such as how well pupils are retaining knowledge.


The report also said: "Some teachers are new to subject leadership.

"They are not yet confident in evaluating how well the curriculum is being implemented or leading improvements in the quality of education pupils receive."

But inspectors praised Mrs Crawford and her plans to provide support and training to new staff.

The headteacher said: "We are working on these areas of development because the children are at the heart of everything we do.

Mrs Crawford has worked as a primary school teacher for various schools across Worcestershire for 14 years before she became headteacher for the first time in 2020. 

She said: "We are delighted that we have still maintained a good standard despite how difficult things have been lately."