‘Good’ news at Dunkirk with Of­sted verdict

SUP­PORT­IVE STAFF AND EF­FEC­TIVE SCHOOL IN­SPEC­TION TEAM

Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By BEN REID

A PRI­MARY school has been praised for the im­prove­ments its pupils have made in maths and English af­ter its lat­est in­spec­tion.

Of­sted in­spec­tors said Dunkirk Pri­mary and Nurs­ery, which was rated “Good”, has many chil­dren who do not have English as a first lan­guage but are able to make good progress in school.

Fol­low­ing an in­spec­tion on De­cem­ber 11, the ed­u­ca­tion watch­dog has high­lighted the pos­i­tive way in which teach­ers and gov­er­nors at the school help pupils to over­come bar­ri­ers.

The in­spec­tion re­port states: “Lead­ers have a good knowl­edge of the needs of all pupils at the school. As a re­sult, pupils over­come the bar­ri­ers they face and make good progress.”

Dunkirk Pri­mary has 460 pupils and is split over two sites: the High­fields Cam­pus in Dunkirk and the Abbey Cam­pus in Len­ton.

The school’s num­bers have in­creased by at least one full class per year over the last six years.

In­spec­tors said the lead­er­ship team was “ef­fec­tive and able to meet the chal­lenges of lead­ing and man­ag­ing a split-site school”.

Dunkirk head teacher Heidi Hol­lis said: “I’m pleased that Of­sted has recog­nised the con­sci­en­tious work of staff and gov­er­nors, along­side the sup­port of our Dunkirk fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly to help en­sure the progress made by our fan­tas­tic chil­dren.

“As al­ways, we are con­tin­u­ally look­ing to de­velop fur­ther as a school.

“We aim to pro­vide a pos­i­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, which is safe, happy and nur­tur­ing so that all our chil­dren can learn ef­fec­tively.

“Ev­ery in­di­vid­ual is val­ued, suc­cesses are cel­e­brated and our en­vi­ron­ment re­flects the cul­tural di­ver­sity of our school com­mu­nity.

“We are proud of this unique in­ter­ac­tion, over both cam­puses, which of­fers all our chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to un­der­stand, ap­pre­ci­ate and be part of the di­verse so­ci­ety in which we live.”

In­spec­tors added that pupils at the school, pre­vi­ously rated “Good” in 2015, all said they felt safe and sup­ported.

Coun­cil­lor Neghat Khan, port­fo­lio holder for ed­u­ca­tion and skills at Not­ting­ham City Coun­cil, said: “Our city has some fan­tas­tic schools and I am pleased that Dunkirk Pri­mary con­tin­ues to be rated as ‘Good’ by Of­sted.

“This is down to hard work from staff, pupils and gov­er­nors. They should all be so proud of their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.

“The coun­cil is work­ing closely with part­ners from across the city to en­sure that ev­ery child can go to a school that is rated as ‘Good’ or bet­ter.”

In par­tic­u­lar, the in­spec­tors high­lighted: Staff sup­port­ing in­di­vid­ual pupils with lit­tle English lan­guage and en­cour­ag­ing them to par­tic­i­pate in all ac­tiv­i­ties and so rapidly in­crease their knowl­edge of English; pupils’ work in math­e­mat­ics and writ­ing con­firm­ing that they were be­ing chal­lenged and im­prov­ing over time; the fact that boys’ at­tain­ment and progress in writ­ing had sub­stan­tially im­proved and that the lead­er­ship team had en­sured that all safe­guard­ing sys­tems were thor­ough and fit for pur­pose.

PIC­TURE: JOSEPH RAYNOR

Pupils cel­e­brate their Of­sted suc­cess with teacher Rachael Jurkin at Dunkirk Pri­mary School

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