School’s hard work pays off as improvement continues

St Nicholas Primary school, Boston, head teacher Sally Birks with pupils celebrating Ofsted report.
St Nicholas Primary school, Boston, head teacher Sally Birks with pupils celebrating Ofsted report.

Pupils and teachers at a Boston primary school are celebrating their ‘good’ Ofsted report which praised its overall improvement.

St Nicholas CofE Primary School, in Woad Farm Road, was classed as ‘satisfactory’ following its previous inspection in March, 2011, and the school watchdog says it has made significant improvements since then.

The quality of teaching was scored as ‘good’ and the adult staff are described as ‘loyal to the school’ and wanting to ‘do their best for the pupils’.

Head teacher Sally Birks said: “Our hard work continues as we address areas for improvement.”

The report describes classrooms as ‘positive learning environments’ but adds that lessons fall short of being outstanding, with inspectors saying they are ‘not stimulating and do not excite pupils’ interests enough’.

Writing and English was praised, with lessons being ‘well-planned and extremely well-modelled’.

On literacy, the report states: “The school has done well to improve pupils’ achievement in reading and writing.

“Most pupils learning English as an additional language make good progress by the end of year 6.

“Many of these pupils can only speak a few words of English when they join the school and find writing difficult.

“Catch-up programmes run by the school help these pupils do as well as their white British classmates.”

The headteacher’s ‘strong vision for the school and its future’ was noted, with the school’s senior leaders having a good knowledge of what does well at the school and what needs improving.