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St Mary's C of E

School Bideford

Ofsted Inspection

We are delighted to let you know that following the recent Ofsted inspection we have been graded as Good. This is an excellent outcome and we thank everyone for working together to provide this level of education to the children. 

The inspector met with the head teacher, deputy headteacher, two assistant head teachers and the English and RE leaders as well as members of the governing body and the local authority.

The inspection was a two-day inspection and the inspector commented on many positive aspects of the school.

Pupils at St Mary’s Church of England Primary School are happy to come to school. They appreciate the high levels of nurture and care that they receive from staff. Pupils share that staff make them feel ‘so safe’. They value the links that they have with the church and know that it is important to treat people with kindness and respect.


Pupils love to learn. They show enthusiasm in lessons. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) thrive.

Safeguarding was deemed to be effective. Concerns are reported effectively and training for all staff is regular. Governors monitor school leaders to ensure all pupils are kept safe.


Staff were positive about the support they receive from school leaders.


Areas for improvement were to improve key specific vocabulary in some subjects. 


A full copy of the inspection report is available to read on the school website here.

The Governing Board would like to thank the children, staff, senior leadership team, headteacher and parents for contributing to such a wonderful school. We are very proud of it.

Yours truly
Sian Jenkins & Naomi Tottle
Chair of Governors and Headteacher