A new Oxford primary school has been given a ‘good’ rating in its first Ofsted inspection.

St Frideswide Church of England Primary School in Cricket Road opened in November 2020 and had its first assessment in October.

Inspectors said "pupils thrive in this happy place" and found the school’s "rich and interesting curriculum goes beyond academic subjects to ensure pupils develop skills for life".

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They praised the "high standards of behaviour" and noted that parents are highly positive of the school, including of the staff’s commitment to "ensuring that every child has the chance to succeed".

The report also highlights the ‘outstanding’ programme of personal development for children, which includes learning skills such as managing money, life-saving, cooking and outdoor adventure.

In July, the school was also presented with a National Nurturing Schools Award for its dedication to children’s social, emotional, and mental health and wellbeing.  

Headteacher Hannah Forder-Ball said: “I am constantly humbled by the children, parents and staff team at St Frideswide.

thisisoxfordshire: St Frideswide CE Primary gets 'good' rating Ofsted inspection“We as a school family are grateful to all those who have been part of the journey and those who continue to inspire and help us.

“This is a school that advocates social justice and equity.

“The children here understand that not everyone needs the same things to thrive and we are delighted that this inspection team were able to recognise that.

“We would really welcome families who are interested to come and see what we do at St Frideswide.”

The school site was previously occupied by St Gregory the Great Catholic School, which closed in 2020.

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The new primary school was opened by Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST), which is a multi-academy trust of 42 schools, including the nearby John Henry Newman, St Christopher’s and North Hinksey primary schools.

Anne Dellar, chief executive of Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust, said: “I’m delighted the Ofsted report provides a snapshot of what we see day in, day out at St Frideswide, an absolutely exceptional education for children, both academically and pastorally.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the staff and pupils at this wonderful school.

“Of course, Ofsted also always identifies areas for development, and progress in those is already underway.

“I have no doubt that this school will continue to go from strength to strength as it has done for the last three years.”

The school is twinned with Oxford University’s Somerville College, which offers one-to-one maths tutoring and experiences such as creating a biodiversity garden.

The school also has a nursery for children aged up to three, which was rated ‘good’ by Ofsted in January 2023.