STAFF, governors and pupils are celebrating receiving a vote of confidence in their school.
Ofsted inspectors visited St Botolph’s CE Primary in Quarrington just before the summer holidays and have given it a ‘good’ rating.
Headteacher Debbie Wilson, who had been acting head for 22 months before becoming permanent at Easter, was delighted, saying: “They enjoyed their time with us and we were keen to make sure that they saw what St Botolph’s is all about, a caring and nurturing environment that meets the needs of all its pupils, challenging them along the way.
“The atmosphere and the ethos of the school were praised, alongside the hard work of the staff and the pupils. We are very proud of this.”
Inspectors said the new headteacher is providing very effective leadership following a period of uncertainty and temporary roles. The report said ‘Her unfailingly enthusiastic approach, coupled with a quiet but clearly transmitted determination that things will continually improve, is already noted by staff, parents and carers’.
Pupils behaviour was described as consistently good and Ofsted noted that parents loved the family atmosphere of the school despite its size. Inspectors were impressed by the positive feedback from families.
There was still a need to improve standards in maths teaching and Ofsted wished to see subject leaders spread best practice to ensure greater consistency of teaching to challenge pupils.
Mrs Wilson thanked staff, pupils and parents. She said: “I see this as just the start. My commitment is to build on this and develop St Botolph’s into a truly outstanding school. Somewhere children can develop and enjoy their early educational journey.”