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Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.


They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

OFSTED carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England, and publish the results on their website. The aim of all this work is to promote improvement and value for money in the services they inspect and regulate, so that children and young people, parents and carers, adult learners and employers benefit.


Please see the Ofsted website to view the latest HMI  monitoring report in full.




Old priory has been moved out of special measures after Ofsted found said it had “improved considerably” since its last inspection.

Inspectors praised staff at Old Priory Junior Academy in Plympton for their commitment, and the school’s leadership and governors for their clear focus on making improvement.

In the report, which has just been published, Inspectors said: “Leaders have created a positive culture for learning through high expectations and care for others. Pupils are proud to be part of the school and many demonstrate self-assurance, resilience and confidence.”

There is praise too for the schools’ good pastoral care and support for children, for the support of parents for the school, and for the pupils themselves, who inspectors said are “well mannered, polite and keen to learn”.

Old Priory Junior Academy joined St Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust, a diocesan academy trust set up to look after church schools becoming academies, in 2015 and inspectors said the school was “well supported” by the MAT.

Headteacher Emma Hermon-Wright said: “I am thrilled that Ofsted have recognised the dramatic changes here at Old Priory. We have a strong team of incredibly hard working and committed staff and their passion and drive has paid off. The future for us is one of excitement and continued success and I am proud to be the head teacher here.”

Jo Evans, the chief executive of St Christopher’s MAT said: “The report is an incredibly positive one and staff and parents should be proud of the progress that has been made. I am confident that the school will continue to go from strength to strength.”

The Ofsted report concluded that the school requires improvement, and should further   embed the structures and progress that now demonstrates success to ensure this positive picture continues. 

Lucinda Ross, leadership adviser at Plymouth City Council said: “Under the positive leadership of the head teacher and the support of St Christopher’s MAT, children and staff in school have worked hard to secure improvements to teaching and learning and it is great to see their efforts and achievements recognised by Ofsted.  Children at Old Priory enjoy high quality learning opportunities and this impacts on standards of progress and attainment. The school have every reason to celebrate this success.”