Two FLT schools receive OFSTED results

On the 15th and 16th November 2022, two of Faringdon Learning Trust Primary Schools received their OFSTED Inspection. Shrivenham Church of England Primary School and Longcot and Fernham Church of England Primary School have now received the results from those inspections. 

Some of the key points in the Shrivenham report included:  

Pupils love attending Shrivenham school where strong Christian values permeate through all aspects of school life.  

  • Leaders and teachers have high expectations for all pupils. Overall, pupils are keen and confident learners who achieve well. They have very positive attitudes towards their learning.  
  • This is a school where pupils’ well-being and safety are everyone’s top priorities. Pupils appreciate how adults listen carefully to both sides of the story and make everyone feel valued and safe in school. 

We are delighted to announce Shrivenham Primary School has maintained its GOOD OFSTED rating. 

Executive Head for Shrivenham CE Primary School, Jude Scutt said:  

“This result is a reflection of the hard work, high standards, and resilience of our wonderful pupils and staff, and I am immensely proud of, and grateful to both.  

To continue to be a Good School is always an achievement”. 

Chief Executive for Faringdon Learning trust, Duncan Millard said: 

“I am delighted that inspectors were so impressed with the school and in particular the children and feel very proud that they said that “Pupils love attending the school” and that the school’s motto of ‘all things are possible for one who believes’ inspires them to work hard”.   


Longcot and Fernham Primary School’s Ofsted report is broken down into five key areas, with a judgement for each, as well as an overall judgement. 

  • Quality of Education was deemed to be good. 
  • Early Years was deemed to be good. 
  • Behaviour and Attitude was deemed to be outstanding. 
  • Personal Development was deemed to be good. 
  • In the Leadership and Management part of the inspection, in the area of safeguarding record-keeping and its associated governance, some weaknesses were identified, which triggered what is known as a ‘limiting judgement’. This unfortunately deemed the school requiring improvement. 

This is an incredibly disappointing result for the school and is something that we take seriously. The inspectors were clear that safeguarding is effective at Longcot and Fernham School, and there is absolutely no suggestion that any child was ever at risk in any way.  

The issue relates to a new online system that was introduced last academic year. Leadership, staff and governors, along with support from FLT, have already addressed this issue, paid close attention to the valuable feedback and put an action plan in place, which will continue to action and monitor. 

Headteacher Claire Mellor said: 

“Firstly, we’d like to praise the wonderful job the children did whilst having ‘the visitors’ in school. They showed the characteristic high standards of behaviour, attitude and engagement in their learning that is such an important part of our school, and I’m delighted that this was reflected in the report as you will see: 

“Pupils of Longcot and Fernham have high expectations of themselves and others. This is clear to see in the exceptionally kind and considerate way that they encourage and support each other at school.  

Pupils benefit from the high ambitions that their teachers have for them. They love to learn and are prepared well for the next stage in their education.” 

Secondly, we’d like to thank the wonderful staff for their commitment, positivity and professionalism during the inspection. Again, we’re delighted that the high quality of our teaching and learning was identified and that the hard work of the teaching and support staff has been recognised”.

Chief Executive for Faringdon Learning trust, Duncan Millard said: 

There is so much to celebrate in this report and I am incredibly proud that the pupil’s behaviour and attitudes were described as “being exceptionally kind and considerate in the way that they encourage and support each other at school” which clearly supported the school being graded Outstanding in this area. A fantastic achievement”.