Good school is a ‘big happy family’

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A SCHOOL has been described as “one big happy family” in a glowing report.

Quadring Cowley and Brown’s Primary School has been rated “good” overall, with pupils’ behaviour and safety rated as “outstanding” following an Ofsted inspection last month.

The latest Ofsted report has delighted school staff, children and parents and is a huge step forward since the school was told it was “inadequate” just over a year ago and given notice to improve.

Headteacher Nicola Wilkinson said: “We are all thrilled.

“I am delighted that the inspector recognised the many outstanding features of the school.”

Lead inspector Jane Melbourne visited the school on April 24 and 25, and in her report praised teachers, saying they “aspire to provide a curriculum that will fire up and inspire children in every class without exception”.

She also praised the children’s “real thirst for learning” and rated their behaviour as outstanding.

She said: “Lessons are interesting and pupils are engaged in their learning, so misbehaviour is extremely rare.”

The school’s leadership and management was also highlighted as a major improvement since last year’s inspection.

Mrs Melbourne recognised that the governors are now part of the team, becoming increasingly effective and impacting on school improvement.

She said: “The school has accurately evaluated itself and correctly set priorities for work.”

There were only a couple of areas where improvements were still needed, including continued improvement in writing skills, including handwriting, and helping “quick to learn” pupils, especially those in Key Stage One, to achieve more.

The roles of curriculum leaders and governors also need to be developed more.

In a letter from Mrs Melbourne to the pupils, she said: “Everyone concerned has worked really hard to turn the school around and it no longer requires significant improvement.

“I was particularly impressed by the way in which you all kindly help each other.

“The whole school feels like one big happy family.”