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Inspector calls...and gives expanding school a ‘good’ verdict

Celebrating: Kirton Primarys school council members  with (from left) head of school Jane Barber, assistant headteacher Rachael Norris , chair of governors Paul Holmes and assistant headteacher Nick Brompton.

Celebrating: Kirton Primarys school council members with (from left) head of school Jane Barber, assistant headteacher Rachael Norris , chair of governors Paul Holmes and assistant headteacher Nick Brompton.

Inspectors graded an expanding village primary school as ‘good’ and say it is now firmly back on track after a dip in results last year.

Ofsted awarded Kirton Primary School a ‘good’ grade for its overall effectiveness, with ‘good’ ratings also for pupils’ achievements, behaviour and safety, teaching quality and leadership and management.

Inspectors noted that in 2013 the school failed to reach the Government’s benchmark at year six, with results low in reading, writing and maths.

They give staffing changes and high pupil ‘mobility’ as factors behind the dip, but stress standards are now on the rise.

Their report states: “Pupils’ progress has now returned to its previous level and pupils currently in year six are back on track to reach standards which are close to national averages by the end of the year.”

Executive headteacher Nicky Donley said everyone at the school is ‘delighted’ with the report, adding: “The team noted that the children at Kirton Primary enjoy coming to school, are keen learners and our proud of their school.

“They also recognised the teachers’ enthusiasm, the commitment of the governors and leaders at all levels, and how these factors ensure that our children make good progress across the school.”

The school is undergoing an £850,000 expansion – which will see pupil numbers rise from 420 to 630.

 

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