The school’s most recent Ofsted inspection took place in February 2015. The inspection report summarised the school as follows:
Amherst is a happy, exciting and nurturing school of which pupils, staff, governors and parents are rightly very proud. The headteacher provides outstanding leadership. He has created an exceptionally strong staff and leadership team that share the commitment and determination to provide the best possible learning experiences for the pupils. The inspection findings agree with a comment made by a parent that, ‘Children are totally involved in their learning and enthusiastic about all that they do. They are valued and challenged.’ From their above average starting points, pupils make good progress and achieve well. Standards in reading, writing and mathematics are significantly above the national average by the time pupils leave at the end of Year 6. Teachers have high expectations and ensure that pupils enjoy their learning. The rich and varied curriculum meets pupils’ needs and their interests exceptionally well. Teaching is good. It is sometimes outstanding and, as a result, pupils make good progress. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They have excellent attitudes to learning and enjoy coming to school, as shown in their high attendance. Pupils feel very safe, secure and well looked after. They are polite, friendly, confident and articulate. They are respectful of each other and adults. They show understanding, tolerance and acceptance of diversity within the school and beyond. The governing body knows the school very well and holds it to account very effectively for its performance.