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Marden Primary School was last inspected in March 2016. We are delighted to announce that the school was judged to be GOOD in all areas. 

We are delighted that the inspection team judged Marden to be a good school in all areas and recognised the significant improvements made over the last few years.

We promised when the previous inspection judged the school to have been requires improvement (based on historical data), that we would work tirelessly to ensure that your school was a good school delivering a high quality of education to all of our pupils. We are appreciative of the confidence the community have shown in us and the support you have provided to us on this journey from the difficult position the school was in back in 2011 and 2012 when the achievement and progress of pupils was very low.

We know we still have further work to do and welcome the feedback of the inspection team on what we need to do to improve further. We were already working on these areas and will continue to do so with renewed vigour and focus.

Whilst the lead inspector chose to identify certain year groups, we will be considering the areas for improvement across the school. We are confident teaching and support is consistent across all year groups and the focus is more about specific needs of small groups of children.

We would like to celebrate some of the specific successes of our wonderful team as identified by the inspectors:

  • Pupils have positive attitudes to learning and they behave well both in lessons and around the school.
  • The quality of teaching is consistently good.
  • Staff are constantly trying out different ways to help pupils improve.
  • Governors are very committed to challenging the school to continually improve.
  • Learning support assistants provide valuable help, especially to those who are lower attainers.
  • The issues identified at the last inspection have all been addressed and pupils now have high aspirations and make good progress.

Mrs May, Ms Beckett,
the staff and governors.