Ofsted inspectors have visited Khalsa Primary School in Slough
Ofsted has visited the best school in Berkshire, where one parent said getting a place is “like winning the lottery”.
Khalsa Primary School was rated the best in Berkshire and among the best in the country in the Real School’s Guide last month – and now the education watchdog has rated it ‘Outstanding’.
The Sikh faith school in Wexham Road, which educates 476 children aged three to 11, has once again come out on top following the visit on January 15 and January 16.
Inspectors gave the school the top score in all areas, praising teaching of reading as “first class”.
In the report, published on Tuesday, February 4, inspectors could not name a single definitive area for improvement, and instead focused on the school’s strengths.
They said: “Pupils love coming to Khalsa Primary School. They relish their learning and they excel here. As one parent reflected, ‘It is like winning the lottery having your child attend this school.’
“Visionary and inspiring senior leadership underpins the shared high aspirations and first-rate academic standards here.
“The highly dedicated team of staff ensures that all pupils get a wonderful range of experiences and learn a wide range of subjects.
“Pupils respond to teachers’ very high expectations with gleeful enthusiasm and give all activities their full commitment and concentration.
“They become confident learners, achieve exceptionally well and are very well prepared to become exemplary citizens.”
Inspectors also heaped praise on headteacher, Raminder Singh Vig, saying he had “raised standards” and “reinvigorated the curriculum”.
In the report they wrote: “Together, his new team of senior leaders have certainly made their mark on the school and its community.
“They have ensured that pupils achieve exceptional standards across a full range of subjects. Parents and carers enthuse about how much the school offers their children.
“They have nothing but praise for the headteacher and his team.”
Ofsted also noted the importance of spirituality at the school, which they aid “underpins the academic standards”.
In the report inspectors said: “The promotion of equalities, tolerance and respect underpins all that the school does.
“The five Sikh virtues of love, compassion, contentment, humility and truth underpin all that the school does.
“Pupils’ physical and emotional health are promoted very well. Pupils greatly value the uniqueness of their education here, praising the school’s holy meditation space and the opportunities for music, sport and games.
“Pupils flourish in an exceptionally caring and inclusive learning environment. Secure, trusting relationships between staff and pupils ensure that pupils feel very well supported.”
Principal Vig said he was delighted with the latest judgement for the school, where 95 per cent of pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths in their SATs last summer.
He said: “I am now proud and delighted to tell you that the school was judged to be outstanding in every category, and earned the best outcome possible.
“We have happy children and staff who enjoy learning and love coming to school every day.
“This result proves Khalsa Primary School is making a real difference in preparing their pupils for a successful future.
“I am delighted that Ofsted has again recognised Khalsa Primary School as being ‘outstanding’.
“This is not just a tribute to our dedicated staff team, but also our amazing pupils and parents.”
Visit the Ofsted website to read the full report for yourself.