Church Lane School rated ‘Outstanding’ in every way

Delighted headteacher Helen Fulcher with Church Lane School pupils. EMN-141124-124032001
Delighted headteacher Helen Fulcher with Church Lane School pupils. EMN-141124-124032001

Staff, children and governors at Church Lane Primary School in Sleaford are delighted with the school’s latest Ofsted report, in which it was rated as ‘Outstanding’.

The report rated the school as outstanding in every category - something achieved by very few schools.

The school, which has 190 pupils on roll aged four to 11, was rated ‘Good’ in its previous inspection four years ago.

The latest report, produced following an inspection on October 7, praises the headteacher and deputy head’s leadership, describing them as ‘outstanding models of professionalism’. There was high praise too for the governing body, which supports and challenges the school exceptionally well.

Teaching was assessed as outstanding in the large majority of classes and consistently good in all others, and, while children’s attainment is considered low on entry to the school, it is well above national averages by the time they leave at the end of Year Six.

Outstanding provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and the close links with parents, make sure that the children have an excellent start to their education. Pupils and their parents unanimously agree that the pupils feel safe at school.

The report goes on to describe pupils’ behaviour as exemplary, saying they are courteous and respectful to each other and to adults. They have a real pride in their work and are keen to do well.

Delighted with the report, headteacher Helen Fulcher said: “It is a fantastic team effort and personally has been a six year journey towards getting to this point.”
She thanked the governors for their work and said a big Ofsted celebration for children and families will be held on December 8.”