WHEN Sibsey Primary School received a glowing Ofsted report it was more than just a proud boost for staff.
The great results in the report – ‘good’ with elements of ‘outstanding’ – also acted as a tribute to a teacher who died during the inspection.
Peter James, 50, who taught years three and four at the school, fell ill just weeks before the inspection, which took place in October, and died while it was taking place.
Head teacher Phillip Coote said: “The staff all miss him. This is like a tribute to him.
“He was a great guy who loved working with children. He was always smiling and was one of the kindest people I have ever met. His dedication to the children and his colleagues was second to none.
“The children have many memories of him but by far the most common thing they say is that his face always was so happy and they loved the caring nature he showed at all times.”
When inspectors visited the school they found it to be good overall. They commented on the effective management of staff and pupils and good teaching, and said they found that pupils enjoyed their learning.
The report states that support systems at the school were excellent.
Chief inspector Godfrey Bancroft said in the report: “The care, guidance support the school provides are outstanding, including the arrangements to ensure that pupils are safe. The school is also exceptionally effective in the promotion of equality and the elimination of all forms of discrimination. This results in pupils feeling valued and able to do their best.”
Mr Coote said the results were as good as he and the staff had been hoping.
He added: “We do feel that our school is a very caring school and we have what I would call a family atmosphere. We are delighted with the report. It’s a credit to the children and the staff.”