De Bohun Primary School in Enfield has received Centre of Excellence status again.
A Can-Do Approach
It was a great pleasure to visit the school once again and to see and hear about what has gone on since my last visit.. Thank you to Zoe (Deputy Head) who made the arrangements for my visit. Zoe knows the school very well and there was no child or adult that we met on our walk around the school that she did not know. She is well versed on every aspect of the school curriculum and pedagogy, and she knows the challenges and opportunities the school faces. The Headteacher, Mr Smart and Deputy Head work very closely together and both have a can-do approach that empowers others to take up their role. They are both very clear about the need to trust teachers and support staff to do their jobs and make sure they are not micro-managed at any level. Having said that your vision for the school is understood by all who work there and they are well motivated and keen to climb that ‘mountain’ with you.
Every Pupil is Valued
Everybody I spoke to is very well aware of the need to ensure that outcomes for pupils are at the very least in line with national expectations so that the school can continue to support pupils with a wide range of need. Inclusion is never easy especially in these days where performance outcomes are constantly monitored, measured and compared. However, the school values every single pupil and is proud of the journey and achievements they make during their time at the school. Inclusion remains at the heart of your vision and priorities and the Headteacher and team of staff are to be congratulated on living your values and principles and making inclusion a reality. Every child really does matter at Du Bohun School.
Pupil Numbers are High
Pupil numbers remain high as the school becomes more popular in the local community and being aware of the importance of marketing in order to stave off the possible threat of a new “all through school” opening nearby next year. It is now time to “blow your own trumpet” and let everyone know about all the amazing work you are doing at the school.
A Happy School
This is a happy school where children and staff work hard but obviously enjoy school. Low staff turnover is an indication of how much staff at all levels are valued and appreciated and are enabled to carry out their roles effectively.
Impressive Attitude to Learning
Adults work in partnership to plan and deliver high quality lessons and pastoral care. Children feel safe and secure and there is a tangible learning culture. Pupils want to achieve their very best and they do their utmost to live up to the high expectations their teachers have for them. Their attitude to learning is impressive.
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