Primary school in Northampton improves after Ofsted rating

Briar Hill Primary School. ENGNNL00120121203171718
Briar Hill Primary School. ENGNNL00120121203171718

A headteacher has described her pride at the progress her Northampton school has made, following an Ofsted inspection

Briar Hill Primary School, in Thorn Hill, received praise from Ofsted, after being rated “good” across every inspection category.

It comes just four years after the school was placed in special measures.

Inspectors said achievement is rising across the school because pupils now make good progress through each key stage.

“It was particularly pleasing that the inspectors recognised the strength of our school community and the values that are at the centre of everything that we do. We are all very proud of the progress we have made.”

Janey Cooksley, the headteacher, said: “Our staff and governors have worked tirelessly to raise the aspirations of our pupils.

“This has been underpinned by us setting high standards across teaching and learning to support our pupils as they grow and develop.

“We are all very proud of the progress we have made.”

Ofsted found that “teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve and pupils are rising to the challenge to meet them.”

After a two–day assessment, inspectors recognised the multi-cultural school for the effectiveness of leadership and management and the good quality teaching, learning and assessment across all year groups.

The report also found that:

-Senior leaders have raised the quality of teaching in all areas of the school.

-The behaviour of pupils is good. They have positive attitudes to learning and enjoy coming to school.

-Core values, such as resilience and determination, are carefully woven into every aspect of school life.

-The gaps between the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and their classmates are closing rapidly in all subjects.

-Teachers work closely with the cluster schools to share their expertise. This has raised the quality of their work to good.

Wendy Marshall, chief executive of the David Ross Education Trust, added: “I am certain that Briar Hill will continue to go from strength to strength.”