Hard work pays off for primary school
Academy given ‘good’ rating by Ofsted two years after being labelled ‘satisfactory’
A PRIMARY school has transformed itself from satisfactory to good in its latest Ofsted inspection.
Belmore Children’s Centre, Nursery and Primary School, in Owen Road, Hayes, converted to become Belmore Primary Academy in 2012.
The school, sponsored by Barnhill Community High, in Yeading Lane, Hayes, is part of the Barnhill Partnership Trust.
Ofsted inspectors found the school improved significantly since its last Ofsted inspection, before it became an academy.
In the previous assessment in 2012, the school received a ‘satisfactory’ rating, but in its latest inspection, in July this year, the school was graded ‘good’ in all categories and ‘good’ overall.
Head teacher Paul Bateman, who joined the school last September, said he was ‘absolutely delighted’ with the outcome and with his pupils’ impressive Key Stage 1 and 2 SAT results for 2014.
He said: “They are just rewards for the hard work and dedication of all members of the Belmore Academy family, including pupils, staff, governors and parents.
“We are already working on taking the school to ‘outstanding’ rating.”
The key findings for parents and pupils were – teaching across the academy is good; the work of teaching assistants is impressive; pupils are safe and secure; adults look after the children well and care for them; there is strong leadership from the head teacher; and other senior leaders and governors and pupils’ achievement across the academy has shown significant improvement since joining The Barnhill Partnership Trust at the end of 2012.
Executive head teacher of the Barnhill Partnership Trust, Robert Lobatto, said: “It’s been great to see the improvements over the past two years and the impact that this has had on the children.
“We now hope to achieve ‘outstanding’ at our next inspection,” he said.
According to the Ofsted rating system, a good school is effective in delivering outcomes that provide well for all its pupils’ needs. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment.”
The Ofsted report set out how the school could improve from good to outstanding, by ‘making sure that teachers regularly adapt the tasks set for pupils according to their different abilities in order to provide appropriate levels of challenge for all, giving pupils opportunities to reflect on and respond to teachers’ marking of their work, and developing skills of new leaders to check the effectiveness of their areas of responsibility.”
n GOOD DAY: Belmore Primary Academy head teacher Paul Bateman with pupils