Results have “rocketed” at Northampton primary school now rated “good”

The Arbours Primary school
The Arbours Primary school

A primary school in Northampton has been rated “good” by Ofsted following a rapid improvement in the past two years.

The Arbours Primary School was in special measures and rated ‘inadequate’ before it became an academy sponsored by the David Ross Education Trust in January 2013.

Four years ago, the school was the worst performing in the town with only 34 per cent of pupils achieving the expected level in reading, writing and maths.

The latest results show the number of pupils reaching the expected level has now more than doubled to 84 per cent.

A third of the pupils at the school qualify for the Pupil Premium and just over a quarter speak English as an additional language.

Ofsted inspectors found that pupils “from all backgrounds” made good progress and there was “good provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development” that prepared pupils well for life in modern British democratic society.

Kat Johnston, headteacher, said staff and pupils had worked “incredibly hard” to improve the results at the school.

She said: “The Arbours Primary Academy has made enormous strides in a very short period of time.

“Over the last three years our children’s results have rocketed, our pupils are being offered outstanding enrichment activities and we are seeing significant developments across the school.

Wendy Marshall, chief executive of the David Ross Education Trust, said: “This is clearly an academy that is going from strength to strength and we should all be very proud of what has been achieved.

“There can be very few schools in the country who have seen such a significant and sustained period of success, and this is testament to the hard work and dedication of all the staff and pupils.

“Our ambition is that The Arbours will be recognised as an outstanding school, and if the last three years are anything to go by, we are well on the way to achieving this.”