A Wiltshire primary school is celebrating after bouncing back from an “awful” Ofsted report.

Rowde C of E Primary Academy was hit with an ‘Inadequate’ rating by Ofsted in March 2019.

But the school has now been labelled ‘Good’ after an Ofsted inspection in February this year.

At the time of the previous visit, inspectors found the school “failed to provide an acceptable standard of education” and recommended placing it in special measures.

Later that year the academy became part of the Acorn Education Trust and has since been transformed under the leadership of headteacher Alice Simpson.

Mrs Simpson paid tribute to her staff and pupils for improving the school’s performance over the last four years.

She said: “For the last four years, we have worked incredibly hard to get the school back to 'Good' as well as getting through the Covid-19 pandemic.

“After some challenges and inconsistent leadership, Acorn Education Trust took over the school in 2019 giving it the stability it needed.

“Since then, we've implemented a new curriculum, improved safeguarding procedures and changed our vision and values to ensure life of Rowde enables all our pupils to learn, grow and love.

“As it says in the Ofsted report, we're back to being a school that the pupils are proud of, where our children are happy learners and passionate about diversity.

“It's been a long journey, but I am so proud of our school - the staff, children and everyone involved.”

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Pupils at Rowde C of E AcademyPupils at Rowde C of E Academy (Image: Alice Simpson)

Following the school’s previous poor performance, many parents pulled their children out, meaning Rowde Academy currently only has around 100 children despite having the capacity for over 200.

Mrs Simpson hopes the new Ofsted report will show people the school has drastically improved in recent years.

She added: “Finally being given the 'Good' from Ofsted is the validation the school deserves for the special place it is.

“We have spaces in all year groups and would welcome you should you wish to visit.”

Chair of governors Julie Baker said the school’s latest experience with Ofsted was “really positive” and credited Mrs Simpson for the transformation.

She said: “The school has been through a very difficult time over the last few years with an awful Ofsted inspection, parents jumped ship, staff left and then obviously Covid happened.

“Mrs Simpson has been there two years and turned the school around, it’s phenomenal now and a great school to be at.

“Everyone has worked so hard, the school holds a place in my heart so I’m overwhelmed with pride.”