Both the School and the Nursery underwent an inspection by the Schools Inspection Service in December 2016. The Nursery was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas while the School was judged Outstanding in 2 out of 5 areas, with a very solid ‘Good’ for the remaining 3 areas.

The 2016 inspection proved to be a very positive experience for us all, with the reports highlighting the smooth transition in leadership over the past year and the “unanimous” support and approval from parents.


Schools Inspection Service

December 2016

Polam School provides a happy and safe learning environment where relationships are good and pupils throughout the school thrive and make good progress… Small classes and high pupil teacher ratios ensure that teachers have an in-depth knowledge of the pupils, supported by assessment that ensures pupils are supported and challenged at the right level.

The report makes continual reference to the positive behaviour of the children, the fact that they are happy and clearly enjoy school, and that the community is caring, friendly and safe, with every child known by each member of staff.


Schools Inspection Service

January 2016

The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is outstanding. The ethos of the school and it’s aims contribute significantly to all aspects of pupils’ personal development… They grow in self esteem and self-confidence as they are well known and valued as unique individuals in the small, close community of the school.

Needless to say we feel very proud of this inspection. A change in leadership can be an unsettling time, but to receive such positive feedback when the new Senior Leadership Team had only been in place for a short time, makes us positive and excited about the future at Polam.


Schools Inspection Service

January 2016

Teaching and assessment are good with significant strengths… Teachers are experienced and confident in teaching Literacy and Numeracy and as a result pupils make good progress in these areas….Some aspects of the curriculum are of outstanding quality, for example, the wide range of learning opportunities provided through extra curricular activities and clubs.

The report demonstrates clearly that your children will be at the centre of everything we do, and that by joining Polam School, your child will be given every opportunity to flourish in a home from home environment.

You can download and read the full report below.


Schools Inspection Service Report 2016 - School


Schools Inspection Service Report 2016 - Nursery