Ofsted inspectors praise outstanding leadership and behaviour of pupils at Northampton primary school

Behaviour of pupils at Simon de Senlis was described as 'outstanding'.
Behaviour of pupils at Simon de Senlis was described as 'outstanding'.
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Staff and Parents are celebrating the recent inspection result at Simon de Senlis Primary which highlighted both good and outstanding elements at the Hunsbury primary school.

The school was inspected on July 2 and 3 and was given an overall rating of ‘good’ with outstanding ratings given to both the leadership and management and behaviour and safety of pupils.

The achievement of pupils and quality of teaching were both rated as good.

There were just two areas of improvement highlighted which prevented the school from being awarded an overall outstanding rating.

Headteacher Tom Rees praised the efforts everyone who he said had all played their part in the school’s recent improvement.

Mr Rees, who joined the school in September 2012, said, “I am delighted that the OFSTED report reflects the achievements of the children and staff at the school. We are fortunate to have an incredibly supportive parent community and wonderful children who have worked together to make real improvements at Simon de Senlis in the last two years.

“The staff have all worked incredibly hard and I am delighted that their efforts have been recognised.”

Inspectors praised the behaviour of children in the report, describing it as ‘outstanding’. They added that children feel very safe at school.

They also noted the way that children work together well and said there is a ‘thriving atmosphere of pupils valuing their own work’.

The caring approach of the school was also praised with inspectors noting that pupils who need extra help are ‘exceptionally well cared for’, with the schools provision for Special Educational Needs & Disabilities and their Designated Special Provision (DSP) both graded as outstanding.

Overall inspectors said the school wasn’t yet outstanding because older pupils’ progress in maths is not as ‘rapid and sustained’ as in English and some children in the reception class are not making the progress of which they are capable.

The school says it is now focused on achieving outstanding gradings in all areas at their next inspection.

Mr Rees added: “Whilst we are all pleased with the result, we won’t rest on our laurels and look forward to September and getting to work on the areas we know we need to improve on further.”