The headteacher of a primary school in Northampton says she is proud her school has achieved a “good” Ofsted rating despite the inspection criteria being tougher than ever.
East Hunsbury Primary School was visited by representatives from the Government’s education watchdog at the end of the summer term when there was a number of staff absences.
Despite the difficult timing of their visit, the inspectors rated the school as “good” and praised the quality of teaching, some of which was said to be “outstanding”.
Rita Arundel, headteacher at East Hunsbury, said: “We are particularly proud of our report as we know that the new half-day notice Ofsted schedule is tougher than ever.
“The bar has certainly been raised in all of the judgements.
“However, at the end of a summer term and despite staff absences, Ofsted clearly acknowledged the many strengths of our school in terms of learning, teaching, achievement, behaviour, leadership, management, governance and parental engagement.
“We received good and outstanding judgements and will continue to embed the good and exemplary practice which was acknowledged by the Ofsted inspectors.”
In order for the school to be classed as “outstanding” inspectors said the most successful aspects of teaching needed to be shared across the whole school.