Good news for school trio

Pupils and staff from Westmere Federated Schools, Gedney Drove End, Holbeach St Marks and Westmere Community Primary Schools. celebrate their good Ofsted reports.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Pupils and staff from Westmere Federated Schools, Gedney Drove End, Holbeach St Marks and Westmere Community Primary Schools. celebrate their good Ofsted reports. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Pupils and staff at three schools in South Holland have some good news for the half-term break from educational standards body Ofsted.

Gedney Drove End, Holbeach St Marks and Westmere Community Primary Schools, the latter in Sutton Bridge, have all been judged good in all areas after inspections last month.

The schools, federated together in September 2012, were praised by Ofsted for “good leadership and management”, the standard of pupils’ behaviour and teaching, the level of parental support and the work of governors in holding senior teachers to account.

But Ofsted inspectors advised each school to “provide sufficient challenge for the most able pupils”, work on pupils’ handwriting, spelling and presentation of work and, in the case of Westmere, to work more closely with parents on ensuring their pupils attend school more regularly.

Executive headteacher Karyn Wiles said: “We are delighted to be officially good at all three of our schools in the federation.

“The staff, children, governors and parents have worked extremely hard and thoroughly deserve this recognition from Ofsted.

“It was a challenge to have three separate inspections, all happening simultaneously, but our good judgements show the strength of our federation which has brought equal benefit to all three schools.

“The inspectors were pleased to note that the areas for improvement were those already identified by our schools in the accurate self-evaluation and I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and look forward to our journey towards being an outstanding federation of schools.”

A report on Gedney Drove End Primary School said: “Good leadership and management, particularly by the executive headteacher, have ensured improvements in teaching and rising standards over time.”

Meanwhile, a report on Holbeach St Marks Primary School said: “Pupils achieve well and make good progress so that, as a result, by the time they leave in Year 6, standards are well above average.”

An Oftsed report on Westmere Community Primary School said: “This is a rapidly improving school where pupils behave well, work hard, achieve well and the quality of teaching is improving.”