Northampton school rated 'good' by Ofsted in first inspection

Pupils from King Heath Primary Academy celebrate their rating.
Pupils from King Heath Primary Academy celebrate their rating.
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A Northampton primary school has been praised by Ofsted as 'an exciting and enjoyable place to learn.'

Kings Heath Primary School was rated 'good' in all areas after a two-day inspection in January.

They gave special mention to the headteacher and the school's leadership and called the curriculum 'rich and exciting.'

But they also criticised the school for persistent absence by specific groups of pupils rated the pupil attendance as below the national average.

Mrs Duff, Associate Headteacher, said: "I am incredibly proud of all of the pupils and staff for this achievement and for the efforts they have put into making Kings Heath such a happy and effective school."

The report states: "The headteacher leads by example. She provides strong and determined leadership, which has enabled the academy to make rapid improvements in a short space of time.

"The early years is an exciting and enjoyable place to learn as a result of a vibrant curriculum and a broad range of learning opportunities on offer.

"The school’s well-balanced curriculum inspires pupils to learn and promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well.

"However, the most able pupils are not always challenged enough in their lessons.

"Pupil attendance is below the national average and persistent absence is high for specific groups of pupils. Leaders recognise that this is an area of improvement for the school."

This was the first inspection the academy has had since it was established in February 2014.

The report also says parents commented favourably about the school and value the positive partnership that they have with staff.

Mrs Duff said: "We would also like to thank parents and our community for all your support. Nearly 95% of all parents questioned by the inspectors said that they would recommend the school, which is incredibly rewarding to know.

"While this is a moment we should all celebrate and savour, we want to stress that this is not the end of the improvements that we will continue to make at the school. The verbal feedback was that the school is not far away from being 'outstanding' in some of the areas that we were reviewed against, so the fact that we are so close to being 'outstanding' in certain parts of our provision has just further encouraged us to push for the very best for our children."