Primary school near Northampton rated “good” after Ofsted inspection

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A primary school near Northampton where a headteacher started three days before an Ofsted inspection has been rated “good” after a report of the visit was published.

Roade Primary School was inspected on January 22 and 23 and executive headteacher Anthony Witheyman had only been appointed a few days earlier.

The Ofsted inspectors found that school leaders and governors were sharply focused and effective in making sure all pupils achieve even more in every year group and that teaching further improves.

The report states: “Governors have a clear understanding of the strengths and areas to develop within the school. They provide a good balance of challenge and support.

”Pupils have positive attitudes to learning and show excellent relationships and behaviour. Pupils feel safe in school and enjoy coming to school. This is reflected in their good punctuality and high attendance.

”Teaching is generally good and some is outstanding. Teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve and develop good working relationships in the classroom.”

A report of the Ofsted visit written by year five students states the “staff, governors, pupils and parents are glad that Ofsted could see just how much effort goes into the school and could appreciate what a good school it is.”