Primary school in Northampton rated '˜good' by Ofsted after two years of improvement

A primary school in Northampton has been praised by an Ofsted inspector for improving the outcomes for pupils of all abilities.

Saturday, 16th July 2016, 5:59 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:10 pm
All Saints Primary School in Northampton has been rated 'good' by Ofsted

Following a visit to All Saints CofE VA Primary School in Kingsthorpe in June, Ofsted has rated the school as ‘good’, an improvement from the ‘satisfactory’ rating the school received in December 2013.

Claire Dunstan, headteacher, said the Ofsted rating was testament to the hard work of governors, staff and pupils.

She said: “The staff and pupils are absolutely thrilled. It is really great Ofsted came before the summer holidays and we feel the report is a validation of all the hard work from everyone at the school.

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“We feel the school has some unique strengths.”

Ofsted made a number of findings about the school including:

- The highly committed headteacher, ably supported by a dedicated leadership team, has secured significant improvements since the last inspection.

- School improvement work has a sharp focus on teaching and pupils’ outcomes. As a result, pupils of all abilities, including those who have special educational needs or disability, make good progress.

- The quality of teaching has improved as a consequence of leaders’ rigorous monitoring and support.

- Pupils’ personal development and welfare are good. Pupils show consideration and respect towards adults and each other. They conduct themselves well around the school.

- The provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong.

- Provision in the early years ensures that children get off to a good start in their education.

- Governance is effective. Governors know the school well and visit regularly. They provide a high level of challenge and support. Consequently, pupils’ outcomes are improving.

To become ‘outstanding’ Ofsted said results for writing, particualrly for boys, need to improve and the range of subjects offered in the curriculum needs to be widened.