Good Ofsted rating for town primary school

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Pupils and staff at St John the Baptist Primary School in Spalding have started the new term on a high after good news from Ofsted inspectors.

The school in Hawthorn Bank was judged good in all areas, including quality of teaching, behaviour, safety and achievement of pupils, after an inspection last month.

In their report, an Ofsted inspection team who visited the school praised pupils for their “good progress” and above average achievement in English and maths.

Senior staff and governors were applauded for “providing clear and effective leadership,” inviting visitors from a range of areas to the school and organising outside visits for children.

However, inspectors also found that some teachers needed to “engage and challenge pupils” more by questioning them in lessons and guiding them on how to improve their work.

The good rating comes just three months after the school was judged outstanding by Church of England education inspectors for its “caring ethos, excellent relationships between all members of the school community and clear vision” provided by senior staff and governors.

Headteacher Paul Reid said: “We were pleased with the Ofsted inspection and delighted with the report which confirms the school as being good across all areas.

“Since our last inspection in 2008, the expectations placed on schools have increased significantly so we are really pleased that St John’s hasn’t stood still and that the inspection team recognised we are a good school with many strengths.

“We have a great team here at St John’s and this report is tribute to the hard work and dedication of everyone across the school community.”

The report said: “Pupils make good progress during their time at school, teaching is good and the headteacher, senior leadership team and governors are providing clear and effective leadership which is supporting the good standards in the school.”