Finberry Primary School Celebrates Latest Ofsted Inspection 

The Stour Academy Trust are celebrating the results of a recent Ofsted inspection that highlighted an aspirational, accessible curriculum and strong support for all pupils.

Finberry Primary School in Ashford received an ungraded (section 8) inspection in January 2024. Judged to be Good in all areas in September 2018, the visit from Ofsted was the first ungraded inspection under the new Ofsted framework. 

With no graded judgements given on an ungraded inspection, Inspectors highlighted, amongst many other areas, the strong subject knowledge of teachers, exemplary pupil behaviour, the robust curriculum, and the high ambitions and expectations set for all students.

Finberry Primary School celebrates Ofsted report

Head of School Siobhan Risley with pupils of Finberry Primary School.

“Pupils become confident and independent learners at this aspirational school.” 

“Pupils work hard to embrace the school ’s values such as perseverance, respect, opportunity unity and diversity. Pupils show this through their high levels of concentration, excellent conduct and mature discussions of sensitive issues.” 

“Pupils enjoy coming to school and know that staff work hard to keep them safe.” 

Pupils enjoy learning. They listen attentively in lessons and share their ideas confidently with their peers.” 

“Pupils enrich their learning with a wide range of activities that are carefully planned to enhance the curriculum.” 

“The school has carefully embedded a broad and well-designed curriculum. This begins in Nursery Year and is carefully sequenced to help pupils build the skills and knowledge that they need to prepare them for their next steps.” 

“In Reception Year staff use their knowledge of pupils to plan engaging activities that are matched accurately to pupils needs.” 

“Teachers are well trained and have strong subject knowledge. They explain learning clearly and plan exciting activities that support pupils in developing their skills and knowledge in small steps.” 

“Disadvantaged pupils including those with SEND are well supported.” 

“Pupils including those with SEND achieve well.” 

Finberry Primary School’s ability to develop and support every child has had official backing from the education watchdog. 

“Classrooms are purposeful environments and all pupils including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) work hard to produce high quality work.” 

Siobhan Risely, Head of School at Finberry Primary School: 

“We are thrilled by Ofsted’s ongoing acknowledgment of our commitment to delivering an engaging, accessible, and ambitious education. A heartfelt thank you goes to our incredible children, devoted staff, and the fantastic support we receive from our parents, carers, and the broader community, all which collectively make Finberry Primary School an environment where children can truly thrive and excel.” 

Helen Evemy, Executive Headteacher at Finberry Primary School 

“Finberry is a remarkable school for children in the local community. Our commitment as a Trust to make learning accessible and engaging for all children has been recognised in the report, and we are excited to see the children at Finberry excel as we prepare them for success in their futures.” 

Finberry Primary School Celebrate Ofsted Report

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