Praise for get­ting the pupils off to a ‘fly­ing start’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

PUPILS and staff at an in­fant and nurs­ery school are cel­e­brat­ing a ‘good’ Of­sted rat­ing.

The watch­dog praised Grange Park In­fant and Nurs­ery School, in Lans­bury Drive, Hayes, say­ing pupils made good progress in all sub­jects and en­joyed learn­ing.

In­spec­tors said nurs­ery and re­cep­tion chil­dren got off to a ‘fly­ing start’, with teach­ers in­still­ing them with con­fi­dence and cu­rios­ity.

Head­teacher Ki­ran Thapar said: “We are very proud and very happy with the out­come and re­ally pleased they have recog­nised all the hard work of the staff and the chil­dren.”

She added: “We have main­tained the same level and the Of­sted regime has changed and is stricter now.”

The school, which teaches 480 pupils aged be­tween three and seven, was rated ‘good’ in all five of Of­sted’s cat­e­gories.

The re­port – pub­lished on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 7 – said: “Pupils from all eth­nic back­grounds make good progress through­out the school. Pupils have skills and abil­i­ties be­low those that are typ­i­cal, par­tic­u­larly in lit­er­acy, when they start school. By the end of Year 2, they reach stan­dards in read­ing, writ­ing and math­e­mat­ics that are in line with na­tional av­er­ages. Pupils’ at­tain­ment in all three sub­jects has im­proved over time.”

How­ever, the re­port said that in or­der for the school to be rated ‘out­stand­ing’ – Of­sted’s top rat­ing – pupils’ writ­ing abil­i­ties needed to im­prove to match their math­e­mat­i­cal and read­ing lev­els, while teach­ers needed to plan ac­tiv­i­ties that chal­lenge the most able pupils.

Mrs Thapar said she hoped the school would be rated ‘out­stand­ing’ in its next in­spec­tion, adding: “They have iden­ti­fied writ­ing but writ­ing in most schools is be­low maths and read­ing.”

The school had last been in­spected in 2011, when it was also rated ‘good’.

n PROUD: Year 1 pupils at Grange Park In­fant and Nurs­ery School cel­e­brate a 'good' Of­sted rat­ing Con­trib­uted

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