Northampton primary school rated “good” in all areas by Ofsted

Education minister Liz Truss and MP Michael Ellis visiting Cedar Road Primary school. ENGNNL00120140602115428
Education minister Liz Truss and MP Michael Ellis visiting Cedar Road Primary school. ENGNNL00120140602115428

A primary school in Northampton has been rated “good” in all areas following an Ofsted inspection.

Cedar Road Primary School, which is an academy sponsored by the David Ross Education Trust, was visited by Ofsted inspectors last month and a report states the headteacher, governors and staff ensure that teaching is good and pupils achieve well.

The Ofsted report states: “Leaders and staff have created a positive and welcoming atmosphere where pupils learn and flourish.

“Pupils are enthusiastic learners and behave well in lessons and around the academy. Their attendance is above average.

“Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well and they are well prepared for life in modern Britain. Highly effective procedures ensure that pupils are safe. Consequently, pupils feel very safe and very well looked after by staff.

“Teaching successfully promotes pupils’ good progress. Teachers’ good relationships with pupils and their clear explanations and questioning contribute well to pupils’ successful learning.

Kay Gerrett, Headteacher, said the inspector’s comments were a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff and pupils.

She said: “The Ofsted inspectors spent a great deal of time asking them questions about the school and their own learning – and their ability to answer the questions so articulately and intelligently was a credit to themselves and Cedar Road Primary School.

“While the views of Ofsted are vital to our school, it is right that we should also be judged on the opinions of the families we support.

“What I took most pride from in this process is that the lead inspector said that the responses on Parent View were some of best he had ever seen. Given that he was an experienced Ofsted Inspector, who had visited hundreds of schools in his role, that is quite a compliment.”

Nigel Whittle, Acting Director of Education for the Trust, said: “Cedar Road Primary School is at the forefront of so many things in the Trust. They embrace the enrichment programmes, are leading staff development programmes and their results go from strength to strength.”

“The progress that the children make at the school is quite exceptional, and something that should be held in the highest of regards.”