Of­sted praises pri­mary school

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

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.”

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