Croft School Ofsted report 'a huge boost', says head
2:02pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
The Croft Primary School headteacher Ceris Towler with pupils who are celebrating a good ofsted report (1362865)
A NEW Ofsted report grading The Croft Primary School in Painswick as ‘good’ has been heralded as ‘a huge leap forward’ by its delighted head.
An inspector from the schools watchdog, who visited Croft Primary over a two-day period at the beginning of July, scored the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of students, and leadership and management of the school all as ‘good’.
The same overall rating awarded to the school is the second highest possible and represents a significant improvement on the ‘satisfactory’ Croft Primary received when it was last inspected in 2010.
Ofsted were particularly impressed with the standard of teaching, which was marked as ‘good’ with some ‘outstanding’ elements.
Praise was also heaped on the school for its pupils’ behaviour, with the inspector again identifying some ‘outstanding’ examples.
Her final report said students made good progress to reach above average standards in English and mathematics by the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, and it also commended the interesting range of activities the school offered to assist pupils’ ‘spiritual, moral, social and cultural development’.
“I was really proud of the children, who were all fantastic on the days the inspection took place,” said headteacher Ceris Towler.
“We’ve all worked extremely hard to move the school forward from our satisfactory status in the last Ofsted report to good, so to receive so many outstanding elements has been a huge boost.
“We couldn’t have made such a huge leap forward without the full support of our governors, teachers and classroom assistants and the invaluable support we have had from parents.”
Liz Little, chairman of the board of governors, also welcomed the report but said the school was not prepared to rest on its laurels.
“The current Ofsted framework, introduced since the last inspection, is more rigorous than before and an overall effectiveness grade of good reflects the enormous amount of progress the school has made,” she said.
“We’ve taken everything on board that the inspector said and now have a clear plan of how to move to outstanding.”
In order to achieve that goal, the inspector said the school would now have to ensure that more of its teaching was outstanding and encourage curriculum leaders to participate more in lesson observations.
She also said the marking of pupils’ work, the guidance on how they can improve and the opportunities they have to respond to teachers’ comments, needed to become more consistent across all classes.
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