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School leading the way as ‘example of good practice’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

By HELEN KREFT

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AN education watchdog has surveyed a South Derbyshire school classing it as an ‘example of good practice’ after it received strong support from a council.

Ofsted inspectors spent two days visiting three schools which included Heathfield Primary School, in Field Avenue, Hatton, where they spoke to head teachers and staff from Derbyshire County Council’s advisory service analysing how well they worked together.

Councillor Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “All our schools have their own named advisor and a tailored programme of support based on their performance and needs. Our Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils continue to perform well and we’ve seen some of the best outcomes for our youngest children in care.”

The feedback showed a high level of contentment with the school’s improvement strategy, effective leadership and that the improvement service was adaptable, flexible and responsive. These results will help other authorities learn from the support offered to schools.

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