STAFF and pupils at Leasingham St Andrew’s Primary School are delighted that their latest Ofsted report has rated the school as good.
Ofsted inspectors visited in April and assessed all areas of the school to be good, with the report stating: “All children get a good start to their education and make good progress all the way through school.
“This is a good school where pupils are keen to come to because they feel very safe and well cared for and enjoy learning.”
Headteacher David Hodgson and chairman of governors Keith Phillips were pleased with the outcome and in a joint statement said: “We have got a very positive, phenomenally committed and hard working staff and children with extremely supportive parents and governors.
“The inspection team’s judgements are very positive, recognising the good qualities of our school.
“At the present time the Government continues to raise its expectations for school performance and as such it is an achievement to have maintained our position as a ‘good school’ and we can be proud of our success.”
Parents and carers spoke very highly of the care, guidance and support that make their children feel ‘extremely safe and valued’.
An important strength highlighted by Ofsted was that: “Pupils express their views confidently and are fulsome in their praise of the school and that they enjoy learning.
Pupils speak enthusiastically about the wide range of trips, visits and visitors to enrich the curriculum.”
The teachers were praised for developing a curriculum that is broad, balanced and promoted pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
The school has had some areas highlighted to further develop to make it outstanding, which included accelerating further progress in mathematics and to move teaching to consistently outstanding.
However, the report concluded that the school had a strong capacity to do this through the way it is led and managed.