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