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Praise for Trumpington Park Primary School in inaugural Ofsted inspection





A primary school has been judged ‘good’ by inspectors after its first inspection since opening in 2017.

Trumpington Park Primary School (56114207)
Trumpington Park Primary School (56114207)

Trumpington Park Primary School was graded good in all five categories: quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and early years provision.

Inspectors praised the school, which is run by Cambridge Primary Education Trust (CPET), as a “nurturing place where individual pupils’ needs are catered for”.

They said to improve further, the school should “build on the established strategy in place to support all pupils to be active citizens” so they “have a tangible impact on the school community and world beyond”.

Trumpington Park Primary School (56114210)
Trumpington Park Primary School (56114210)

Headteacher Mel Shute said: “We are really pleased with the Ofsted report. All our staff, supported by CPET and our school advisory board, work together to provide a friendly, caring and safe community enabling children to flourish in their learning and that comes through in the report. The inspectors have clearly seen that we are here for all children, that all children matter in our school, and that our staff care for them.”

Inspectors said the actions of trustees, leaders and staff display the hallmarks of their commitment to pupils’ effective development.

The report also recognised that curriculum planning throughout the school is “clear and established” across the full range of subjects that pupils study. The important knowledge pupils need to learn builds in precise steps from the moment they start school.

Trumpington Park Primary School (56114204)
Trumpington Park Primary School (56114204)

Children show enjoyment and high levels of concentration as they learn and explore, inspectors found.

Pupils say that ‘everyone is welcome’. There is an established culture of acceptance, and this is valued by staff, pupils and the wider parent and carer community.

Ms Shute said: “I would personally like to thank our parents/carers for their input, not just to the Ofsted process but for their support and goodwill to us over the last five years.”

The first cohort of Year 6 children will complete their Trumpington Park Primary School journey next year. The 324-pupil school will eventually grow into a three-form entry school for up to 630 children.

Trumpington Park Primary School (56114213)
Trumpington Park Primary School (56114213)

Ms Shute continued: “We want to see our children achieving academically, and will continue to provide rigorous support for them to do well across all areas of the curriculum whilst also bringing to fruition ambitious ideas for their wider development.

“We feel we are an innovative school, always open to trying new things, and wish to develop and continue that journey to prepare children for secondary education.”

Trumpington Park Primary School (56114222)
Trumpington Park Primary School (56114222)

Barbara Ashwood, chair of the school’s advisory board, added: “There are areas we are excelling in, as evidenced in the Ofsted report, but speaking from first-hand experience I absolutely love the buzz and the vibe going into the school. It has a lovely, snuggly feel, and the children are always so happy and relaxed.

“The multi-cultural community we have now is just amazing, and this is where the flexibility in our curriculum comes in – it cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach – it is tailored to the needs of individual cohorts.”



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