Staff and pupils at Herefordshire primary school are celebrating after receiving their latest Ofsted rating.  

Burley Gate C of E Primary School has retained its ‘good’ rating after it was visited by Ofsted on May 1.

In their newly published report, inspectors praised the school for being welcoming to everyone, setting high expectations for all pupils - including those with special educational needs and disabilities – and creating an environment in which children enjoy life and feel safe.

Among the many positives highlighted by Ofsted, the school was complimented for taking ‘effective care of pupils’ physical and mental health’, for the relationships formed between staff and pupils and for its calm, purposeful feel. The pupils were also commended for their good behaviour, manners and their respectful and responsible attitudes when in school.

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Found to create articulate, confident young people, the school’s ‘ambitious’ and ‘carefully planned’ curriculum was highly praised by Ofsted, along with their staff’s ‘secure subject knowledge’. The school’s commitment to ensuring pupils learn about other cultures and traditions and have access to various clubs and after-school trips were also mentioned in the report.

Michele Lewis, executive headteacher at Burley Gate, said how “very proud” she was of the school’s ‘good’ rating, of how everyone’s contributions to the school were “seen so clearly by the inspectors,” and of “the compliments paid to our pupils,” before describing the school’s “glowing praise” as “no more than the staff here deserve.”


“I’d like to thank every single person who makes Burley Gate Primary the great school it is, and hope they get as much satisfaction from this report as I have,” Mrs Lewis said.

Canon Andrew Teale, chief executive officer at the Diocese of Hereford Multi-Academy Trust said the report was testament to “the high-quality primary education” at Burley Gate and how “incredibly hard” the staff work to achieve it.

“Our experienced and highly capable school leaders, led by executive headteacher, Michele Lewis, are driving the positive development of this precious Church of England school,” Mr Teale said.