Primary school in Northampton receives ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report

Picture: Louise Smith
Picture: Louise Smith
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A primary school in Northampton has achieved the rare feat of being rated “outstanding” in all areas after an Ofsted inspection.

After a visit by inspectors on June 26 and 27, Preston Hedges Primary School in Wootton Fields, Northampton, has received a glowing report.

The reports states the school receives outstanding leadership from the headteacher, senior leaders, a very effective governing body and all staff working together ensure that pupils receive an excellent education.

The report states: “Senior leaders set high expectations. Consequently, teaching has improved. Much of the teaching over time is outstanding.

“It is never less than good. Leaders and staff ensure that all pupils are making excellent progress. Their achievement is outstanding.

“Teachers mark pupils’ work thoroughly and give pupils clear advice on how to improve it. They do not consistently check that all pupils

have acted on that advice and improved their next pieces of work as directed.

“Pupils enjoy school. Their behaviour is exemplary. They have an excellent understanding of how to keep themselves safe. Their attendance is well-above average.”

Paul Watson, headteacher, said he was delighted with the inspection outcome as it recognised the hard work of our children, staff, governors and parents.

He said: “In a climate where the inspection process is becoming more rigorous for schools, it is a tremendous achievement for our school community to do so well.

“This now gives us a platform to improve our school further with the opportunities and experiences that we provide for our children. Our priority for September will be to work even harder to make our school better and better.”