‘Inspirational’ leadership of Northampton primary school helps secure ‘good’ Ofsted rating

Ear Spencer Primary School has been rated 'good' by Ofsted
Ear Spencer Primary School has been rated 'good' by Ofsted

A headteacher of a Northampton primary school has been praised for his “inspirational” leadership which has helped the school achieve a “good” Ofsted rating.

Earl Spencer Primary School was rated “require improvement” after an Ofsted inspection two years ago.

But, after a visit to the school last month, inspectors have found the school to be now “good with outstanding features”.

Headteacher Mark Rapps has been credited for his “passionate quest” to improve the school in every aspect.

The Ofsted report states: “Teaching throughout the school is good as a result of high-quality training and support. Teachers plan interesting and engaging learning experiences for pupils that they say they enjoy.

“Pupils achieve well because they make at least good progress from their starting points. Pupils are very well behaved in lessons and around the school. There are exceptionally positive relationships between adults and pupils.”

Mr Rapps said the positive Ofsted report reflected the hard work of students, teachers and parents.

He said: “We are extremely proud of our school and are delighted that our Ofsted report fully reflects the high-quality teaching and the fantastic range of opportunities we offer our children.

“We have wonderful, positive children; a fantastic team of dedicated teachers and support staff and very supportive parents.”