Northampton primary school rated as 'good' by Ofsted following one-day inspection

Head teacher, Rebecca Steed with Cedar Road Primary School pupils celebrating their success.
Head teacher, Rebecca Steed with Cedar Road Primary School pupils celebrating their success.

A Northampton primary school has been praised by Ofsted as a place to learn with a 'calm and purposeful atmosphere'.

Following a one-day inspection, the education watchdog has praised Cedar Road Primary School in Abington for the improvements made against all previous findings during the last inspection in 2014.

The report outlines key actions and improvements made at the school, and specifically refers to the school’s newly appointed head teacher, Rebecca Steed.

The report said: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

"You and your leadership team have an accurate view of the strengths of the school and the current priorities for development.”

Ofsted also noted that the school has a 'calm and purposeful atmosphere', 'pupils understand the school’s values', and 'pupils’ books showed that they make strong progress from their different starting points'.

Rebecca Steed, head teacher at Cedar Road Primary School, said: “As part of the David Ross Education Trust, we are committed to consistently improving Cedar Road Primary School for our pupils.

“We have worked tirelessly to maintain our high standards and it is truly wonderful that Ofsted has acknowledged this. We are all very proud of this achievement and I would like to thank all our staff, pupils, parents and governors for their ongoing support.”

The report also shows that by the end of year six, pupils achieved standards that were at least in line with those seen nationally in mathematics as well as also exceeding those seen nationally in reading and writing. The watchdog added: "Pupils, by the end of year six, made progress that was in the top 10 per cent of that seen nationally in reading in 2016 and in the top 20 per cent in writing 2017."

Rebecca Steed added: “The support of our trust has been invaluable. Our pupils have had access to educational, musical and sporting enrichment opportunities that would otherwise not have been possible.

“We are very pleased by the results of this inspection and we look forward to reaching our goal of becoming outstanding.”

Cedar Road Primary School has been part of the David Ross Education Trust since 2012.