We are the Champions Celebration

On Friday 3rd December we all enjoyed celebrating our official Ofsted graded good school. It was lovely to see so many parents joining in the celebrations.

“Stokesay Primary School is at the heart of the Craven Arms Community,” say Ofsted in a glowing report published this week.  The school has celebrated this achievement by holding a fun sports day for all of the pupils called, “We are the Champions!”   Parents, governors, and other community members were all invited to attend the day which included the giving out of Champion medals. 

The guest of honour at the celebration event was Rt Hon Philip Dunne, who is the MP for the area who said, ‘I am delighted Stokesay Primary School has been rated Good in its latest Ofsted report. This is a huge tribute to the senior leadership for the school, the headteacher Mr Paul O’Malley, and the whole Stokesay team. So I congratulate everyone involved in bringing about such a significant school improvement here in Craven Arms.’   


This school improvement is particularly noteworthy as it is the first ’good’ inspection the school has received over a long period of time.  "The first of many!" said Mr Paul O’Malley, Executive Headteacher at Stokesay School. “I have been at this wonderful school for two years now and have seen it grow in confidence and go from strength to strength. We wanted to celebrate with pupils and staff, so we organised a special sports day. We have called it our ‘We are the Champions Day!’ because we are so proud of our pupils, and we think they are indeed all champions.”


The primary school was inspected in October 2021 as one of the first round of schools to be inspected since Covid disruption.  The inspection was led by Lorraine Lord who gave the school a glowing report with “Good” judgments across the board.  She wrote, “The school motto, ‘I can, we can, Stokesay can’ is at the core of this school’s work.”

Stokesay School joined TrustEd Schools’ Partnership, in 2019, which is a local academy group.  Lorraine Lord noted that the Trust,’ “Are extremely ambitious for all pupils to have the best possible start in life.”


Sarah Godden, CEO said, “On behalf of our Trust, we would like to congratulate Mr O’Malley, his team and the school community on this endorsement from Ofsted.  It is well deserved and shows what the community can achieve, and we have all been thrilled to read such a wonderful and positive report.”  


The report explains how positively both pupils and parents feel about their school.  The inspector writes that pupils are “proud of their school”, “learn well”, “enjoy coming to school” and are “happy in safe at school”.  One parent said to Ofsted, “My children are thriving in a positive environment; teachers communicate about the curriculum and progress of my children with us very well.”

The sports day was organised by Chris Jew, who leads the TrustEd Sports' Partnership.  Pupils of all ages took part in a wide range of fun sporting and fitness activities.  The day was enjoyed by pupils, staff and parents, as a fitting celebration for this excellent achievement by Stokesay Primary School. 

Please follow the link below to the Shropshire Star article about Stokesay.