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Our Latest Ofsted Report 2017

Ofsted says “Armathwaite School continues to be a good school”


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Ofsted Inspection February 2017


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January 2013 ~ Judgements

  • Achievement of pupils ~Good
  • Quality of teaching ~ Good
  • Behaviour and Safety of pupils ~ Outstanding
  • Leadership and Management Good


Ofsted Inspection~ January 2013 Key Findings

  • Pupils make good progress and achieve well. Pupils in Year 5 are working at levels that exceed those expected for their age in English and mathematics.
  • Teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve. They plan their lessons to make sure all pupils are given work that brings the best out of them.
  • Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary and their attendance is above average. They say they feel very safe and secure in school.
  • The headteacher is ambitious for staff and pupils and provides a clear educational direction for the school. The procedures for gaining an accurate view of its performance are good. They enable leaders to prioritise the correct areas for development. The governing body knows the school’s strengths and weaknesses and is fully involved in helping it to move forward.

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Ofsted Report January 2013

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Ofsted Report 2013

Ofsted Interim Assessment Statement ~ 30/6/2010

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Ofsted Report 2007

You can see the 2007 Ofsted Report by clicking on the link below.

Armathwaite’s Schools Reference Number is 112102


Key Findings From Ofsted Report 2007
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    – The school provides an outstanding curriculum that contributes very significantly to pupils’ achievement and personal development.
    – This is an outstanding school that provides excellent value for money.
    – The key factors that make teaching outstanding include:

  • the innovative way pupils are successfully encouraged to take responsibly for their own learning
  • the strong relationships and genuine sense of enthusiasm in learning shared by pupils and staff
  • the very good use made of assessment information in planning work; and
  • the excellent use and deployment made of teachers with specific curriculum knowledge and skills to ensure that the curriculum is very strong in all areas.


Letter from Lead Inspector:

Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection
10 May 2007Dear PupilsInspection of Armathwaite First School, Armathwaite, CA4 9PWWhat a fabulous school you attend!Thank you for the very friendly welcome you gave me when I visited the school recently. I really enjoyed my time with you and seeing some of you in lessons, even if it was only for a short time. I was really pleased to take some part in the archaeological dig. It was wonderful to see the pupils in the Reception age group being so successful in finding Blackbeard?s treasure!I am very pleased to tell you that your school is outstanding, which means it is one of the very best, not just in Cumbria, but in the whole country. You do very well in lessons and in tests because you work hard and understand the importance of this for the future. I agree with you that your teachers and other adults make lessons very interesting and that if you need help, you get it. I like the way that the teachers involve you in planning your work and in the way they involve you in deciding how to improve your work even further.Your behaviour is excellent and I was very impressed with how polite you were. You were all very active at lunchtime and you benefit from very good playgrounds. You told me that you feel safe in school and that if problems occur an adult will sort it out quickly when you tell them about it.I have asked the teachers to carry on with what they are doing in ensuring that you receive the very best education. Keep on working hard and as a result you can continue to play a major part in ensuring that your school continues to be highly regarded by all who come into contact with it.Yours sincerelyGeoffrey YatesLead Inspector