Former ‘failing’ school is top class

Pinchbeck East pupils with letters that say it all. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG140612-119TW
Pinchbeck East pupils with letters that say it all. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG140612-119TW
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A SCHOOL still classed as ‘failing’ six years ago has completely turned the tables and been labelled ‘outstanding’ by the education inspectorate, Ofsted.

Pinchbeck East Primary School improved to ‘satisfactory’ in 2009.

Instead of making steady progress to the next rung on the ladder, which is ‘good’, the school made a meteoric rise to the top and was given an ‘outstanding’ rating across the board.

Headteacher Tom Verity said: “The school has climbed rapidly due to high quality teaching, leadership and excellent attitudes to learning by the pupils.

“The report highlighted that pupils are exceptionally polite and courteous, both to adults and each other. They are dedicated to their learning and support each other.”

Mr Verity said the ‘outstanding’ rating was down to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved, staff, governors, parents and children.

In a letter to pupils, Ofsted lead inspector Susan Hughes praised them for excellent behaviour in and around the school.

She continued: “Teaching is outstanding. Your teachers make sure that lessons are exciting and challenge you so that you make consistently good progress. Because of this, standards in your school are getting better every year.”

Ms Hughes praised the school’s excellent leadership and told pupils: “You can be proud of your school.”

Areas measured by Ofsted were: overall effectiveness, achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.