Eight years of hard work pays off for ‘outstanding’ Tydd St Mary Primary School

'Outstanding' pupils and staff from Tydd St Mary.
'Outstanding' pupils and staff from Tydd St Mary.
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Pupils, staff, parents and governors are celebrating in Tydd St Mary after the village primary school was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Following an inspection in May, the Church of England school received the top grade in all five ranked categories.

This followed on from another ‘Outstanding’ given by the National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report in March.

In the Ofsted report, Tydd St Mary received the top grading for ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’, ‘quality of teaching, learning and assessment’, ‘personal development, behaviour and welfare, ‘outcomes for pupils’ and ‘early years provision’.

The school had previously been ranked ‘Good’ in 2011 and ‘Satisfactory’ in 2008, the year ‘inspirational’ head teacher Sonya Ripley took over.

“It’s quite an achievement and we’re obviously all 
delighted after everyone has worked so hard,” Mrs Ripley told the Free Press.

“Governors and staff have had the same goal – to provide the best education for the children.

“I could not wish for better people to work with and they all go that extra mile... staff, governors, parents and volunteers.”

Mrs Ripley knew of the 
results before they were officially published and treated all pupils to a PTA-funded trip to the Poppy Line Railway in Norfolk two weeks ago, although at the time it was described as a reward for a good year.

“We will think of another way of celebrating before we break up for summer next week,” she added.

At a school assembly on Thursday – the day the report was officially published – parts of it that related specifically to the children and their exemplary behaviour were read out, before they all left with stickers stating: “You’re Outstanding.”

“They are really special children and there is a really positive and supportive atmosphere around the whole school,” Mrs Ripley added.

• The report singled out head teacher Sonya Ripley for particular praise, saying: “She has been successful in her relentless drive to ensure that pupils receive the highest standard of education.

“The head and the dedicated staff go the extra mile to provide a wide range of learning opportunities for the pupils to enjoy.

“Governors are equally as ambitious. They rigorously check the work of the school to make sure that the information they receive is accurate. They provide highly effective support and challenge to leaders in equal measure.

“Teachers and teaching assistants have established clear routines and high expectations for pupils.

“As a result, pupils are keen to learn.”

Regarding pupils, the repiort added: “Behaviour is exemplary. They listen attentively in lessons, treating each other and adults with respect.”

The report concludes: “The school environment is bright and lively, with displays that effectively support and celebrate pupils’ achievements. Staff have secured highly successful partnerships with parents, who are, as a result, highly satisfied with the quality of their children’s education.”