OfSTED praise for Elm School

GOVERNMENT inspectors have praised the leadership of Elm Primary School.

Inspectors from OfSTED – the Office for Standards in Education – also praised the behaviour of pupils and the support given to those with special educational needs.

They said headteacher Fiona McCallum had a clear vision for the school. “Since coming to the school, the headteacher has initiated new strategies to engage and enthuse pupils. The leadership of teaching and management of performance have resulted in improving progress.

“The headteacher has a very clear vision for the school and has worked with the new senior leadership team and governing body to address areas identified as part of the school’s accurate self-evaluation,” said the inspectors’ report.

They said teaching was satisfactory overall, with examples of good teaching which accelerated progress for some pupils.

“Where teaching is good, pupils are enthusiastically engaged in their learning. In most lessons, pupils are keen to learn and quickly follow their teachers’ instructions.

“Planning for pupils with disabilities and who have special educational needs is thorough and their progress is rigorously monitored. Other pupils whose circumstances make them vulnerable make satisfactory progress and are supported sensitively by caring and skilled staff.”

Pupils in turn were highlighted for their good behaviour. “Behaviour and safety are good. Pupils demonstrate a high level of respect for adults and for each other. Disruptive behaviour in class is rare and lessons run smoothly.

“Pupils have good attitudes to learning and respond well to work planned by their teachers. They are enthusiastic about their learning and support each other by being positive and encouraging at all times. They demonstrate high levels of co-operation and good collaboration skills are evident from the Early Years Foundation Stage.”

Inspectors said spiritual, moral, social and cultural education ran through all the school does, adding that the good behaviour of pupils supported a clear understanding of the difference between right and wrong.

The school was encouraged to raise standards in English and maths and to close the gap between boys’ and girls’ attainment.

Headteacher Fiona McCallum said: “I was particularly pleased that the inspectors recognised the impact of our new curriculum, which excites and engages the pupils. We have a very committed staff team who will continue to work hard to make sure all children achieve as well as they possibly can.”