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Joy for school as inspection hails progress

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

Heath Fields Primary School, Hatton

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A HEAD teacher has said he will do everything in his power to lead his school towards ‘outstanding’ status after its latest inspection hailed a turnaround in fortunes.

Heath Fields Primary School, in Hatton, was awarded a rating of ‘good’ by Ofsted, showing it had made significant strides since previously being told it must improve by the education watchdog.

Head Mark Whyman said the report was recognition of hard work at the school to halt sliding standards.

Ofsted said it had seen rapid progress in almost all areas of the school.

Pupils’ progress was said to have improved, with changes to the way reading was taught having a major impact, while the quality of teaching was also said to be better, particularly in English and maths.

Governance of the Hatton school was also judged to be stronger, while there was praise for Mr Whyman’s role in steadying the ship.

“The head teacher’s high expectations and determination to improve teaching and pupils’ achievement have been successful,” the report said.

Mr Whyman said the improvement in teaching was the main factor behind the school’s success.

He said: “I am pleased Ofsted has recognised the impact that the improvement work put in place has had in the school.

“The quality of teaching has improved and Ofsted has recognised the children are getting consistently good teaching.”

The head said he had a hunger to reach outstanding status.

“We realise there is still work to do,” he said. “We don’t want to rest on our laurels, ultimately we want to provide the children of Heath Fields Primary School with an outstanding education.”

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