10:00 Monday 03 December 2012

Inspectors praise village school as 'outstanding'

Written byby HELEN KREFT

A PRIMARY school has been given a glowing report by an education watchdog which has declared it to be ‘outstanding’.

Pupils from Willington Primary School
Pupils from Willington Primary School

Ofsted has described teaching at Willington Primary School, in Trent Avenue, as ‘inspirational’ in an inspection that awarded it with an ‘outstanding’ report.

Lead inspector, Geof Timms, said pupils throughout the school made excellent progress and their reading, writing and numeracy skills were especially well developed.

The school had improved since its last inspection which earned it a ‘good’ report, and Mr Timms said: “The head teacher, together with her senior staff and governing body, has worked hard to raise standards and to maintain their many strengths.”

The school has been especially praised for its imaginative and creative activities, which provided pupils with ‘interesting and exciting tasks that make excellent links between subjects’.

The inspection also found disabled pupils and those with special educational needs were being well supported and were able to make ‘outstanding progress’ in basic literacy and numeracy skills.

The report also found the school’s systems for checking on the success of its work were ‘exemplary’, behaviour was outstanding across the school, which makes sure pupils are safe, happy and engaged in learning.

Money allocated through the Pupil Premium — additional Government funding aimed at bridging inequalities — was used effectively, and pupils talked about how much they loved going to school, with the overwhelming majority of parents and carers sharing a similar view.

Head teacher Pam Stones said: “We know how thorough these inspections are so we’re delighted that Ofsted have validated our own judgements about our school.

“We were very pleased that Ofsted agreed that achievement is outstanding and that all pupils receive a high quality education because of the excellent teaching here.”

To keep standards high, Ofsted inspectors recommended the school ‘makes even more of the teaching outstanding by ensuring that teachers consistently expect enough from the most able pupils and provide work that is well matched to all pupils’ prior learning.’

Chairman of governors Martyn Gallimore said: “We couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome, which reflects the level of hard work that goes on in the school by everyone.

“We are very proud that we have been marked as ‘outstanding’ across every aspect of the report and there’s no doubt the school will continue to move forward.”

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