Two federated schools were in celebratory mood at the end of the summer term after being rated ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted.
Gedney Church End and Lutton St Nicholas primary schools are both led by executive head teacher Luke Whitney and two years ago were told they “Required Improvement’.
The schools are ‘Good’ in ‘effectiveness of leadership and management, ‘quality of teaching, learning and assessment, ‘personal development, behaviour and welfare’, ‘outcomes for pupils’ and ‘early years provision’.
Inspectors were very impressed with the children, the high standards they reach, the quality of teaching, really positive attitudes to learning and behaviour, a creative curriculum, high quality pastoral and academic support for vulnerable learners and the commitment of staff.
Inspectors said Lutton is ‘not yet oustanding’ because the programme for enhancing the learning of the most able pupils has not been in place long enough to have a strong impact and that pupils have limited experiences and awareness of the diversity of modern Britain.
Gedney did not make the ‘Outstanding’ grading because some writing does not have accurate enough grammar, spelling or punctution, some pupils who have not achieved the expected level in phonics are not catching up quickly enough, the work of teaching assistants is not consistentl planned effectively and the provision for teaching a modern foreign language is under-developed.
Mr Whitney told the Free Press: “This recognition is very welcome and rewards the hard work of all concerned in both schools.
“It is so pleasing to see two more South Holland schools being graded as Good and this shows the dedication and devotion of staff, governors and school leaders in this part of the county.
“Our children are amazing ambassadors for our schools and they have shown just how proud they are of their many, many achievements.
“Working at Gedney Church End and Lutton St Nicholas schools is such a pleasure and I am very much looking forward to the next stage of our development where we will look to become Outstanding schools when next we are inspected.
“Very warm congratulations to all involved.”