Academy near Banbury says goodbye to headteacher after ‘good’ Ofsted

Philip Percival, the head of Middleton Cheney Primary Academy is retiring. Pictured with the school council. NNL-160803-154459009
Philip Percival, the head of Middleton Cheney Primary Academy is retiring. Pictured with the school council. NNL-160803-154459009

The headteacher of a academy primary near Banbury is retiring on a high after the school received a ‘good’ Ofsted inspection.

Philip Percival joined Middleton Cheney Primary Academy 19 years ago and leaves his role in July.

Ofsted inspectors visited the school on February 9 and said: “Leaders have continued to develop a friendly, inclusive and safe school where the dialogue observed between teachers and pupils was stimulating and motivating. The expectations of staff throughout the school contributed to the calm, caring atmosphere and positive learning behaviours observed.

Leaders and Governors know the school well and have a good understanding of pupils’ achievements. Teaching, assessment and learning are good.”

The inspector was pleased with progress made on the recommendations of the last report, which was also ‘good’, highlighting revisions to the computing curriculum, improved ICT equipment and its use across subject areas and investment into coding. Also noted were improvements in children’s knowledge and understanding of cultural diversity in Britain.

Mr Percival said: “I have read many inspection reports and it is rare to read one as positive as this one about the overall feel of the school.

“We are so used to the atmosphere around our school that it is often easy to take it for granted but it is something special and it is nice to see it in an official report.

“I don’t believe there is anything magical in the water at Middleton: children here behave as they do because our teachers and TAs show them how, and set them such good examples; they enjoy coming to school because our staff work together to make it such fun; children make good progress because they are motivated in lessons.”

Helen Cottom, chair of governors, added: “We have some big shoes to fill as we are looking for someone who can add something very special to an already strong and dedicated leadership team.

“Philip knows every child and is well liked and respected by the children, their parents and his staff. He has fostered a happy and successful school and we are seeking to add to that strong foundation”.