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Outstanding result

Posted on June 28 2015 at 9:36:16

Staff and pupils

Staff, pupils and parents of Finstall First School have been celebrating following an Ofsted inspection in April, which rated their School as Outstanding.

The glowing report raises the school from its rating of Good in February 2012 to the highest level awarded by The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

The overall effectiveness grade is awarded based on four criteria – Achievement, covering progress and attainment; Quality of teaching; Pupils’ behaviour and safety; and Quality of leadership and management.

The Inspection team judged the school to be Outstanding in all areas and praised the children, teachers and school leaders, reporting that: “Pupils’ excellent behaviour and attitudes strongly support their outstanding achievement.

“They are extremely keen to learn, work very hard and show high levels of concentration.

“Teachers have very high expectations of pupils’ achievement and behaviour. They successfully challenge them to attain as well as they can.

“Leaders check pupils’ progress rigorously and accurately. The staff team takes swift action to help any pupils who are not doing as well as they should, so all make outstanding progress.

“The head teacher, governors and staff work together as an extremely effective team. They focus relentlessly on ensuring that pupils’ achievement and personal development are excellent.”

Head teacher Stuart Evans comments, “The whole school community is very proud of this marvellous achievement and it is a just reward for all the hard work shown by staff, governors, parents and, most of all, the children.

“The report is extremely positive and really accurately describes what we see in our school on a day to day basis.”

Above: Delighted pupils with Mr Mason, deputy head (left) and Mr Evans, head teacher.


A spate of car-related crimes has taken place on the estate recently.

A message from PCSO Sue White, of West Mercia Police, and Coun Caroline Spencer was posted on the Oakalls Facebook page, advising residents that a number of vehicles had been broken into with items stolen.

The thieves have been targeting a number of areas across the town, including Harwood Park, Breme Park and Stoke Heath.

One resident says: “The police told us that thieves are getting keys coded to bypass car security. This allows them access to the vehicle without causing any damage. This isn’t a case of people leaving their cars unlocked.”

Another resident, whose car was stolen from his drive in May, says; “The car was locked and both sets of keys were in our possession. The police said this is happening a lot now.”

Residents are reminded not to leave valuable items in their car overnight and to ensure possessions which are kept in the car are out of sight.


There are now only a couple of properties left to sell on Oakalls Grange. Once these have been sold, Newland Homes will remove all its signage and move off site. 

Ideally the new entrance signs will be erected at the same time as the removal of the developers’ site signage but it is impossible to guess when this will happen.

If a significant delay in completing the final sales appears likely, Newland Homes has agreed to do a separate installation for the entrance signs.

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