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'The head teacher provides very strong leadership for the school. Her mission to provide a wealth of opportunities for all students to experience success underpins students’ pride in and love of their school.  She is extremely well supported by senior leaders and governors.'
'The behaviour of students is outstanding. They arrive promptly to lessons, and are well prepared and ready to learn. Conduct in lessons and around the school is exemplary. Students are consistently mature and sensible.'
'The school’s work to keep students safe and secure is outstanding. Leaders are vigilant and every care is taken to ensure that the school keeps students safe. Safeguarding policies, procedures and practice are applied thoroughly and conscientiously.'       OFSTED JUNE 2014 - see full report
'A high level of mutual respect characterises relationships between students and adults in all year groups. Students have a real sense of pride in the school. They are welcoming and readily discuss their work with visitors.'
'Parents, staff and students are positive about the school and strongly support its work to promote good behaviour, care and well-being. As one Year 6 student said: ‘The school does a great job of looking after you; they really do care.’'
'Students’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is strongly promoted across all aspects of the school’s work. A rich programme of visits and other activities, including opportunities for students to link and share their experience of school with students in Sri Lanka and Martinique, help to develop students’ cultural awareness,'
'Rights, respect and responsibility are taught extremely well. Consequently, students have excellent attitudes to learning, and equality is strongly promoted. There is no evidence of any discrimination within the school. Students are friendly, caring and supportive of each other.'
'Good use of the primary sports funding enables students to experience a range of sporting skills and to achieve well in physical education.'
'Teaching is typically good with a strong core that is outstanding. Many teachers are subject specialists, including English, mathematics, science and French. Their good subject knowledge is used in a wide range of subjects to provide interesting activities and to build students’ knowledge and skills successfully.'
'Teachers ensure that learning activities are well matched to students’ different abilities and interests.'
'Students say that their teachers care about them and support them to achieve their best.'
'There is a strong focus on students improving their literacy skills and on students using correct spelling and grammar across all subjects.'
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Ferndown Middle School, Peter Grant Way, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9UP Tel: 01202 876556 Fax: 01202 897065 Email: office@fernmid.dorset.sch.uk