Hard work pays off for pri­mary school

Academy given ‘good’ rat­ing by Of­sted two years after be­ing la­belled ‘sat­is­fac­tory’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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