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Good vibrations from Ofsted for area school

Pupils at Clough and Risegate Primary celebrate a good Ofsted report with headteacher Shaun Thompson.  ANL-140521-114601001

Pupils at Clough and Risegate Primary celebrate a good Ofsted report with headteacher Shaun Thompson. ANL-140521-114601001

Children and staff at Clough and Risegate Primary School have something to celebrate in the half-term holiday after a good report from Ofsted.

The school in Gosberton Clough was judged to be good in all 
area after an inspection in March which found that it was “well-led” by headteacher Shaun Thompson.

Among the positives mentioned in a report by Ofsted inspectors Susan Hughes and Carolyn Wood were that children made “good progress in reading, writing and mathematics throughout the school”.

Lessons were described as “lively and interesting”, teachers made sure that pupils “achieve well” and school governors were “very supportive”.

However, the inspectors 
also said there was room for further improvement as 
some teachers needed to give “clear guidance” as to how 
pupils could make their work better.

There was also concern that the “most-able” children needed to be set more difficult work in order to “make even better progress than they do.”

Mr Thompson said: “We’re delighted because an awful lot of effort and hard work has gone in to the school from everyone – pupils, staff, parents and governors.

“I started here in September 2012 and since then, it’s been a rapid journey to move us forward.

“The previous Ofsted report also rated the school as good but the goalposts have been moved since then.

“The Ofsted inspectors spent a long time commenting on the children within the school, how polite, courteous and well-mannered they were, how well they worked together and how the older children supported and looked after the younger children.”

Mr Thompson confirmed that the concerns raised by the inspectors were being addressed, with a focus on “ensuring all the teaching throughout the school is good or outstanding consistently”.

“All the development areas are ones we’ve already identified as a school and it gives us a positive note to move forward in the work of making the school outstanding,” Mr Thompson said.

“But it’s a very good end to the year and it’s really nice for everyone concerned to have that recognition that all the work that’s gone at the school has paid off.”

An extract from the report said: “Pupils view their school as a small community in which everyone plays their part.

“Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics throughout the school, lessons are lively and interesting and teachers make sure that pupils achieve well.

“The school is well-led by the headteacher who has introduced changes which have improved the quality of teaching, raised achievement and helped other staff develop leadership skills.”

 

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