Turnaround is taking place at The John Harrox, Moulton

Youngsters at The John Harrox Primary School, Moulton, celebrate their good Ofsted report with assistant headteacher and headteacher Daniel Pilsworth.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Youngsters at The John Harrox Primary School, Moulton, celebrate their good Ofsted report with assistant headteacher and headteacher Daniel Pilsworth. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Some good news has come to youngsters and staff at The John Harrox Primary School, Moulton, just two years after its quality of learning was questioned.

The school has been judged good in all areas by Ofsted after a two-day inspection last November, having previously been found to be requiring improvement in the areas of pupils’ achievement, attention in class and safety, teaching standards, leadership and management.

We are pleased that the good quality of all aspects of school life was acknowledged and the quality and range of curriculum provided was commended

Daniel Pilsworth, headteacher, The John Harrox Primary School, Moulton

A recently published report from Ofsted found that school leaders had “sensitively driven forward improvements”, while pupils were achieving well, developing as people and making good progress in their early years of learning.

Headteacher Daniel Pilsworth said: “The whole school community is delighted that the hard work and improvements made over recent years have been recognised (by Ofsted).

“We are pleased that the good quality of all aspects of school life was acknowledged and the quality and range of curriculum provided was commended, as well as the relationships between staff and pupils, along with the behaviour and engagement of children in school.”

However, the school was advised to set work “which encourages pupils to use their own methods to find solution, take risks and explore more deeply, as well to find ways of increasing their knowledge and understanding of different cultures in British society.

An extract from the report said: “School leaders have sensitively driven forward improvements since the last inspection (in November 2013) and raised outcomes across the school.

“The quality of teaching has improved since the previous inspection and is now consistently good, while progress in all subjects is good.

“Although outcomes are improving across the school, tasks are not always set in a way which encourages pupils to use their own methods to find solutions and, at times, activities do not provide opportunities for pupils to take risks and explore more deeply.”

Mr Pilsworth said: “Whilst we are all pleased with the outcome of the inspection, we are not complacent so staff and governors will continue to work hard to ensure further school improvements and, most importantly, even better opportunities for the children.

“Areas for further improvement identified in the report had been identified by the school and plans were already in place to address these areas. “Therefore, we will continue to implement these.”

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