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Ofsted Reports

Please find below our most recent Ofsted reports and relevant information from the Department for Education Performance Tables. 

Press release


Bovington Primary School determined to ‘rapidly improve standards’

A major programme of improvements is underway at Bovington Primary after inspectors placed the school in ‘special measures’.

Following the school’s latest inspection in October, Ofsted has rated the school as ‘inadequate’ as it felt that pupils were not receiving an acceptable standard of education.

With the support of Dorset County Council, the school is making improvements across several areas, including:

  • leadership and management
  • the quality of teaching and learning  
  • pupils’ behaviour

The school also needs to focus on raising outcomes for pupils, particularly the most able and those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities.                                                                               

Kris Winthorpe, Headteacher of Bovington Primary School, said:


“We’re disappointed that our school has been put into special measures. There have been significant changes and challenges since the school’s last inspection six years ago, including changing from a first school to a primary. We recognise that we have to rapidly improve outcomes for our pupils through stronger teaching and have already introduced new measures to address this.”

Improvements that the school has already made include taking steps to improve the effectiveness of Governance, introducing new progress assessments and measures and work by the Headteacher, leaders and the dedicated and professional staff, to develop and improve the impact of good quality teaching and learning for all.

Mr Winthorpe added:


“I’d like to reassure parents that myself, staff and governors are all deeply committed to making the necessary changes. We have a robust action plan and are confident that we can rapidly improve our standards.”


Ofsted did identify a number of strengths during the school’s inspection. They said that:

  • arrangements for safeguarding are effective and inspection evidence confirms that this is a safe school;
  • the school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good.
  • all staff have an in-depth understanding of pupils’ pastoral needs and work with agencies to remove any barriers pupils may face
  • the school’s curriculum provides a range of subjects and experiences
  • early years provision is improving
  • pupils are happy, enjoy attending school and feel safe


Being put into special measures means that an ‘academy order’ will be issued for academy trusts to express interest in supporting the school’s improvement.




Notes to editors


Here’s a link to the full report:


Bovington Primary School has 312 pupils. Its last inspection was in 2012 when it was a First School  and it was judged to be ‘outstanding’.

Press release following 2018 inspection.