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Cottesmore Academy

Ofsted Report

Cottesmore Academy is good in every area!

As you are aware, our school was recently visited by an OFSTED Inspection team. The inspection was an extremely rigorous, robust and thoroughly scrutinised all areas of school life.  We are delighted to inform you that OFSTED have recognised the high standards at Cottesmore Academy 


“Children get off to a flying start
at Cottesmore Academy!”


“This school is EPIC!”

“There is an inclusive environment at Cottesmore Academy where are all welcome and cared for.”

The lead Ofsted Inspector stated that our school
is a very good and improving school
- one that is getting better and better!


“The school nurtures curiosity and
an enjoyment of learning.”


“Teachers and children have a
mutual respect for each other.”


“Highly ambitious leaders… skilled teachers.”



Other insprection highlights include…

  • Pupils are proud of their school. They embrace the school’s ‘EPIC’ values of expectations, pride, independence and collaboration.
  • Pupils say the school is, indeed, ‘epic’.
  • Children have a real sense of awe and wonder during story time.
  • Leaders and staff have high expectations of pupils’ learning and behaviour.
  • Teachers are skilled… they are a strength of the school.
  • Leaders are highly ambitious for pupils. They have built a well-sequenced and structured curriculum. The curriculum requires pupils to investigate and think carefully about their learning.
  • Pupils are enthusiastic about their lessons and are keen to succeed.
  • One parent, typical of many, commented that ‘Teachers and staff go above and beyond expectations.’
  • Leaders make sure that reading is at the heart of the curriculum. They are determined that all pupils read well.
  • The mathematics curriculum is well-planned and sequenced.
  • Staff know pupils well. They quickly identify where additional help is needed.
  • Children get off to a flying start in the Reception class. Staff make sure that children are happy and safe. Children are kind and helpful to each other.
  • Pupils’ personal development is a strength of the school. Leaders plan a range of activities that helps pupils become resilient and reflective.
  • Opportunities to promote pupils’ emotional and physical well-being are well considered.
  • There is a strong staff team. Staff are proud to work at the school. They appreciate leaders’ support for their workload and well-being.
  • Governors make frequent visits to the school. They support and challenge leaders in equal measure.
  • Leaders have developed a strong culture of safeguarding. Staff receive frequent training and updates.


We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all staff, Governors, parents and children - who were the real ambassadors for the school! This is a superb result and everyone deserves to take enormous credit for their skills, dedication and hard work over the last few years to make the school what it is today - a school and team which we all feel extremely privileged to be part of. 

Last Ofsted inspection, May 2022

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