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Outstanding… that’s the verdict on a Salisbury primary school for the second time.
Greentrees on Bishopdown Farm has got the top rating from Ofsted inspectors once again, repeating their success from 2007.
Headteacher Jan Bennett says they’re over the moon:
“In the last seven and a half years, the education landscape has changed quite a lot and actually to achieve those judgements is now much harder, so we did have to work harder I think to achieve that this time round. That’s all the more reason why we’re really pleased to have had that outcome.”
And she says a lot of their success is down to the children:
“The thing I think I’m most delighted about is the fact that the children’s attitude to their learning and their behaviour was recognised. We achieved an outstanding for their behaviour. It’s my belief that if children are to succeed in their learning, they need to be happy. And children are happy when they safe and secure in the environment that they’re in.”
The rating is also a vote of confidence as the school prepares to split across two sites.
The demand for places at Greentrees is so high that a second building for the school will open next year. As well as the existing site on Sycamore Drive, there’ll also be part of the school within the new housing development nearby at Riverdown Park.
Mrs Bennett says this perfect score from inspectors has come at the best time:
“It’s a really secure base from which we can move forward. Undoubtedly it’s obviously going to be a time of change and the transition from one form entry to two is going to be challenging. So when the resource base opens in September 2016, to know that we’re coming from that starting point is really good news.”