INSPECTORS have praised Cockwood School for helpings its pupils to flourish.

The small village school, which has 80 pupils, was judged to have a rating of Good following the latest Ofsted visit.

Head of School, Alison Roper said: ‘I am very proud of our entire school family, staff, pupils and governors work extremely hard to provide the best opportunties for our pupils and it is fantastic that Ofsted have recognised our strengths.’

In the report, inspectors said: ‘Pupils flourish at Cockwood.

Parents and carers agree that the school develops self-belief and a love of learning in their children.

‘This supports pupils well for the next stage in their education.’

The inspection, which was carried out in October, recognised that Cockwood is a school that serves its local community well.

It said: ’Pupils are confident and considerate. They are enthusiastic about their education and knowledgeable about the world around them. 

‘The school encourages this through the vast array of opportunities and experiences they provide. 

‘These include pupils taking on leadership roles, residential trips, sporting events and entrepreneurial projects. As a result, pupils learn to be responsible and respectful members of their communities.’

The school is part of Ivy Education Trust, which is a local academy with schools situated across the Teignbridge area.

Within the report, inspectors also said: ‘Younger pupils view the older pupils as positive role models.

‘There is a whole-school ethos, shared by staff and pupils, to expect the very best of each other; support and encouragement is constantly on offer. 

‘Pupils meet the high expectations that the school has of their behaviour and conduct in lessons and during social times.

‘This ensures the school is a calm and purposeful place to be. Pupils feel safe and attend well.

‘They are keen and successful communicators.

Through the school’s focus on oracy, pupils express their views and opinions adeptly.’