Schools celebrate being on the up after Ofsted reports

Holbeach St Marks Pre-School: (back) Chas Mackman, Samuel Moore, Liam Giddings and Alfie Taylor: (front) Grace Hammond, Carl Vines, Demi Scott and Mihai Vlad. SG110315-102TW
Holbeach St Marks Pre-School: (back) Chas Mackman, Samuel Moore, Liam Giddings and Alfie Taylor: (front) Grace Hammond, Carl Vines, Demi Scott and Mihai Vlad. SG110315-102TW
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Spalding St Paul’s Primary School headteacher Kira Nicholls and pupils celebrating thieir Ofsted report. SG110315-109TW

Both Holbeach St Marks Primary School Pre-School and St Paul’s Primary School in Spalding have been recognised for their positive changes.

Spalding St Paul's Primary School headteacher Kira Nicholls and pupils celebrating thieir Ofsted report. SG110315-109TW

Spalding St Paul's Primary School headteacher Kira Nicholls and pupils celebrating thieir Ofsted report. SG110315-109TW

Holbeach St Marks Primary School Pre-School was created five years ago because of a lack of quality pre-school facilities in the village.

Initially the pre-school was open mornings only, but has gone from strength to strength and offers full days.

This has supported families as hours are flexible and whole days are an option.

There have been huge benefits to children because they are in a school-based environment with a teacher led pre-school.

Headteacher Karyn Wiles said: “The school was recently inspected by Ofsted and the inspector agreed that the pre-school provision was excellent and stated that because of the planned activities, the children are well-prepared for school.”

To further support parents and children, Holbeach St Marks pre-school has also introduced a buy one get one free offer.

This enables children, taking advantage of the free 15 hours of pre-school, to access 32½ hours each week for free, saving families an average £2,327 per child per year.

St Paul’s Primary School headteacher Kira Nicholls said inspectors agreed with her judgement that the school still requires improvement overall, but that there are also many good elements about the school and many strengths to celebrate.

The report recognises many of the positive changes and progress made over the past 18 months and also highlights the areas in which it must do better. Inspectors were very positive for the school’s future progress towards a “good” judgement.

Miss Nicholls said: “I have already begun to work with governors and the local authority to draw up a plan to address all of the key areas from the report.

“However, the inspection also provides a unique insight into the way our school is working for our children now.

“They were pleased to see that where teaching is good, so too are learning behaviours – highlighting Year 6 as a good and consistent example of this,

“Attendance has improved and, although some parents raised bullying as an issue, the children said that bullying seldom happens and they trust staff to quickly deal with any issues they may have.

“Safety was graded firmly as ‘Good’ and they also commented on our positive climate for learning and the school’s harmonious community.

“I am immensely proud of the teachers and support staff; parents and governors who came together as a team, and continue to strive for the best outcomes for our pupils.

“I firmly believe that their enthusiasm and commitment will ensure successful outcomes throughout our journey to a ‘Good’ judgement in the future.

“I remain determined to improve the quality of teaching and learning throughout the school in order to raise standards and ensure that every child achieves excels.”