School is top of the class

Staff and students at New Leake Primary School celebrate their great Ofsted result.
Staff and students at New Leake Primary School celebrate their great Ofsted result.

‘AN OUTSTANDINGLY caring and supportive school’ were the words used to describe New Leake Primary School in its recent Ofsted report - and they understandably made staff and pupils very proud.

The school, on Fodderdyke Bank, was visited by Government inspectors in November, and by all accounts they gave a good impression, as chief inspector Judith Straw judged the school to be good with outstanding features.

In her report, which was published at the end of last month, she said: “This is a good school. Pupils feel safe and happy. It is an outstandingly caring and supportive school. Staff perceptively identify early any pupils who may be at risk of not thriving and rapidly and effectively introduce interventions to support them.”

She also commented on the ‘rapidly improving teaching across the school’, which was helping pupils to progress and achieve.

Headteacher Jane Whant congratulated pupils and staff on the successful inspection.

She added: “This Ofsted result puts the school in the top half of primary schools in the country. Each year the children amaze me by the high levels they achieve and their enthusiasm to learn.

“At a time where we hear so many bad things about education, it is wonderful to be part of the school that is sometimes seen as old fashioned, with its expectations of regular homework and good behaviour.”

The school has improved since its last inspection in 2009, when it was given a satisfactory rating.

Children at the school recently won £3,000 from the Mukherjee Trust in the Sibu Memorial Competition towards a sensory garden, which is currently under construction. The Ofsted report commented on this, saying it was good that pupils were proud of such achievements.