School celebrates good inspection report

By Rebecca SheppardA SCHOOL is celebrating today after inspectors gave it a glowing report and officially labelled it as “good”.Despite many changes in headteachers, Great Finborough Primary School was found to be on top form by the inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education.

By Rebecca Sheppard

A SCHOOL is celebrating today after inspectors gave it a glowing report and officially labelled it as “good”.

Despite many changes in headteachers, Great Finborough Primary School was found to be on top form by the inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education.

Their report said: “This is a good school which has some very good features which are vital to its work.


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“Pupils achieve well because the quality of teaching and learning is consistently good. As a result, standards, overall, are above average.

“The acting headteacher gives the school very good leadership which has largely overcome the effects of frequent changes of headteacher. The school gives good value for money.”

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The inspectors highlighted for praise the well-above average standards in science and mathematics in years one and two.

The school scored As in writing and mathematics in the National Curriculum tests at the end of year two, while standards in year four were well above average in science and above average in English and mathematics.

But it was the pupils and teachers who were given the biggest pat on the back by the inspectors.

The report said pupils had positive attitudes to work, were enthusiastic and were well-behaved.

Trudy Day, acting headteacher at the school, said: “We are thrilled with the report. It reflects what we have always believed - that we have a very special school and achieved high standards.

“The children here are wonderful and it's very much down to them. We have very hard-working and caring staff and we have got super, super children.”

Chairman of governors, the Rev Nigel Hartley, added: “I am not surprised that our school has received such a good report.

“Trudy Day and her team are dedicated and talented teachers, we have supportive parents and the whole team works well.

“The children receive a first-rate education and are happy and well cared for. This is an excellent example of what a small school can be at its very best.”

The report said the school should now concentrate on improving standards in religious education and giving pupils more opportunities to develop their ICT skills as well as numeracy and writing.

It should also improve long-term planning and enhance procedures for the retention and recruitment of headteachers.

rebecca.sheppard@eadt.co.uk

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