Ofsted praises primary school
A HEADTEACHER of a primary school that received an outstanding Ofsted report has said their success boils down to a combination of “supportive parents, excellent teachers and very high expectations”.
Nunthorpe Primary Academy received an outstanding report in all areas after being visited by inspectors on March 28 and 29, with school staff being praised for creating an “ethos of high expectations”.
Alexa O’Gara, headteacher at the school in Guisborough Road, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, said one reason for the success was down to making sure the chil- dren’s welfare was “paramount”.
She said: “We are very proud to have achieved our outstanding grade after five years of me being head.
“We were inspected at the beginning of my headship in October 2011 and achieved a good grade.
“This is when we began our journey towards becoming outstanding.
“We planned carefully and looked beyond our own school for support in order to improve.
“We are a school that is based firmly within the local community and supported by a fabulous group of parents.
“Teaching is of a very high standard but commitment to the wider school life is what has enabled us to achieve the outstanding grade.
“All of our staff are committed to going the extra mile to support children and families and there is a real team ethos amongst staff.
“One of our inspectors said, ‘there are no egos in this school’; a quote that I feel describes why we are so successful. Inspectors also praised our non-teaching staff which is another key feature of the school.”
She added: “Children receive an exciting curriculum through creative teaching and experiences including a well-planned Outdoor Education programme which raises confidence and develops friendships through challenge and independent learning.
“Specialist teaching in PE, music, science and French motivates children to want to be here learning which is why they attain so well and are happy.
“The quality of the teaching in these areas is a very high standard and prepares them well for secondary school; in science lessons, children behave like scientists.”