Benwick Primary School praised by education inspectors

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A headteacher said she is “delighted” after her primary school won praise for successfully raising standards in a glowing Ofsted report.

Benwick Primary School has stepped up from a satisfactory’ rating to good’ following its latest inspection.

The education watchdog said the High Street school had made “significant improvements” and had several outstanding features.

Headteacher Jackie North said: “We are extremely delighted with our judgement of good’ in all areas.

“The staff, children and governors have worked extremely hard over the two years since our last inspection when we were judged to be satisfactory.

“It’s quite an achievement for such a small school, as we only have small groups to work with, so we are very pleased.”

Lead inspector Ronald Hall said the school was good’ in all four grading areas - achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

He said: “The school has improved since the previous inspection, due to good leadership and management. The governors are challenging and have a good knowledge of the school.

“Pupils make good and for some outstanding progress and achievement in reading, writing and mathematics is good. Pupils in Year 6 are on track to at least reach the national average in the assessment tests with many exceeding them.”

He also said teaching across the school was good, and behaviour has improved as lessons have become “more fun and engaging”.

The inspector was particularly impressed by the quality of mathematics teaching at the school, which has seen attainment rise sharply to above the national average.

He said: “This is due to particularly good teaching in this subject. Resources are plentiful and lessons engaging. For example, children in the reception class make outstanding progress in learning about doubling numbers.

“The activities were practical and fun and the children learnt quickly. Several even challenged the inspector to answer doubling questions quicker than they could.”

For the school to become “outstanding”, pupils need to improve their handwriting and presentation skills and the other adults who support pupils’ learning need to carry out their roles more effectively.