School praised by Ofsted
DELIGHTED staff and pupils at a city school have ended their winter term on a high by celebrating a good report from Ofsted.
St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School was said to have made great strides to achieve an overall rating of good, during an inspection in September.
Outstanding ratings were also awarded to the Orton Longueville school for safety and leadership. care, guidance and support, engagement with parents and carers and the promotion of learning and wellbeing,
The school picked up a second set of top marks in October, when inspectors from the National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools returned outstanding ratings in all categories.
Head teacher Jenny Daniels said the double achievement made her proud of the school’s staff and children.
She added: “As a school we have worked so hard over the last three years to raise standards to above national averages with an ongoing rising trend of improvement.
“I am absolutely delighted with how the report recognised our success and achievements. To achieve an outstanding judgement from the National Society for our distinctiveness and effectiveness as a Church of England school was thrilling.”
Ofsted inspector Steven Hill called St Botolph’s a thriving community where pupils enjoy learning, in his report on the school.
He said: “The school has made great strides in many aspects of provision since its previous inspection, and now provides a good education for its pupils. “Pupils’ achievement and progress have improved and are now good. Attainment is rising throughout the school as a result.
“The school makes exceptionally good use of partnerships with out- side agencies to support the skills of its own staff in ensuring pupils’ particular needs are met socially and emotionally, as well as academically. Excellent links with parents and carers complement this provision.”
John Rudge, schools inspector for the Anglican diocese of Ely said: “The distinctiveness and effectiveness of St Botolphs primary school as a Church of England school are outstanding.
He said: “The school’s high aspirations support the central influence of its Christian ethos in all aspects of its community life. It is highly effective in promoting a set of core values which inform the life of the school.”
A full copy of the school’s Ofsted report can be seen at www.ofsted.gov. uk.
PRAISE: Headteacher Jenny Daniels with Millie Kirkmease and Ellie May Brear, after St Botolph’s Church of England primary school announced its Ofsted results.