Eddie East, Headmaster of Sampford Arundel Primary School for 12 years and Head of Stawley School for the past year, retired at the end of the summer term with a significant record of achievement to mark his tenure. This month both schools received their OFSTED reports having been inspected simultaneously at the beginning of July and both were judged as “Good” with some aspects of their provision described as “Outstanding”. The two schools are federated, sharing a governing body and executive headteacher, but are otherwise quite distinct.
The inspection report for Sampford Arundel said, “There is strong team work within the staff and the governing body across the schools, led well by the executive headteacher. There is a continual drive for improvement. Parents highly value the work of the school, they say that their children do really well, are happy and really enjoy coming to school.”
Stawley School was rated as “Good” in the achievement of its pupils, the quality of teaching and its leadership and management. The report said, “Through effective leadership, the headteacher has maintained good standards of teaching and learning and has ensured that Stawley has the capacity for ongoing improvement.”
It was rated as “Outstanding” in behaviour and safety of pupils: “The staff at Stawley provide high quality care and support which are appreciated by parents.”
Commenting on the inspections’ findings, Eddie East said that the success of both schools was largely due to the skill and dedication of the staff and the support of governors and parents. Mr East added, “Everybody who is involved with the schools knows that they are good. Obviously it is nice to get a positive endorsement from OFSTED but the money that goes into running the inspection system would do more for children’s education if it went directly to schools to be spent on teaching staff and materials.”