Surfleet school is on ‘good’ terms after inspection

Surfleet Primary School pupils, staff and governors celebrate the school's good Ofsted report, with head of school Laura Martin and chairman of governors Michelle Sacks.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Surfleet Primary School pupils, staff and governors celebrate the school's good Ofsted report, with head of school Laura Martin and chairman of governors Michelle Sacks. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Surfleet Primary School is moving forward due to “the very capable executive headteacher” and “highly skilled head of school”, according to Ofsted.

Three years after it was judged as “requires improvement” in the areas of pupils’ achievement, quality of teaching, leadership and management, Surfleet Primary School has been judged good in all areas by Ofsted after a two-day inspection last month.

Children and staff, including head of school Laura Martin and chairman of governors Michells Sacks (front left and right) celebrate a good Ofsted report for Surfleet Primary School.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Children and staff, including head of school Laura Martin and chairman of governors Michells Sacks (front left and right) celebrate a good Ofsted report for Surfleet Primary School. Photo by Tim Wilson.

In its report, Ofsted praised the “determined, well-informed and empowering leadership” of executive headteacher Tom Verity, head of school Laura Martin’s “very skilled” work with staff and the role played by an “experienced and knowledgeable” board of governors.

Mr Verity and Mrs Martin, in a joint statement, said: “We are delighted that Ofsted has recognised the hard work and dedication of the children, staff and governors at Surfleet Primary School.

“It is always pleasing to have the qualities recognised that we know are our strengths, the strong community spirit that is special at our school, our excellent relationships and our team work.

“We will continue to build on the “good” judgement as we look to become an outstanding school in the future.

Executive headteacher Tom Verity head of school Laura Martin, Surfleet Primary School

The Ofsted report said: “Standards are rising quickly throughout the school, the quality of teaching is good and adults and pupils share outstandingly respectful relationships.

“The very capable executive headteacher and highly skilled head of school work closely with the sharply focused governing body to provide strong strategic direction to the school.”

However, the inspection did identify areas for improvement, including under-developed handwriting skills of some pupils and their lack of acting on teachers’ advice to improve their writing and maths.

But chairman of governors Michelle Sacks said: “The governing body is incredibly proud of all the staff, children and parents who have worked so hard to make the changes required to enable us to reach a “good” judgement.

“We are thrilled that Ofsted has recognised this fabulous achievement at our school and we are all excited about what we can continue to achieve.”

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