Ofsted praise Leverington Academy

Leverington School with some of the school council celebrating their ofsted report with head teacher Rosie Simmonds and Elaine Aldrich ANL-141215-215802009
Leverington School with some of the school council celebrating their ofsted report with head teacher Rosie Simmonds and Elaine Aldrich ANL-141215-215802009

A Fenland primary school is celebrating after being rated as ‘good’ with many ‘outstanding’ features by education inspectors.

In its first Ofsted inspection since opening in April 2011, Leverington Primary Academy won praise in all areas.

Quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and early years provision were all judged as ‘good’, while leadership and management and behaviour and safety of pupils were rated ‘outstanding’ – earning the Church Lane academy a ‘good’ grade overall.

In a glowing report, published on Thursday, lead inspector Duncan Ramsey said the only area that needed improving was mathematics.

He said teaching of the subject needed developing so pupils’ achievement matched “rapid progress” in reading and writing, although work focusing on the topic through the academy’s improvement plan was already seeing standards rise.

In the report, Mr Ramsey said the academy was “expertly” led by executive headteacher Rosie Simmonds in partnership with her deputy Elaine Aldrich.

“Their passion and drive have enabled pupils to make good progress despite considerable staff changes since the founding of the academy,” he said.

The report said a rich curriculum helps pupils to do “extremely well” in art, computing and physical education, and pupils were praised for “outstanding” behaviour around the academy, with “exemplary” attitudes to learning and “high levels of care and concern for one another”.

Mrs Simmonds said the school was delighted with the report.

She said: “I am so very proud of all the children and all my highly dedicated staff.

“Behaviour and safety is the most important aspect of our academy ethos and the ‘outstanding’ grade means so much to the whole school community. The report highlights the excellent behaviour of all our children at all times and the good relationship we have with our parents. The inspector said ‘behaviour of the children at the academy is impeccable and there was no disruption to any learning. It is clearly evident the children enjoy their learning’.”

She added: “We have only one area to improve – in mathematics. We have already planned many new initiatives and teaching groups which will be implemented soon.”

The school, which is the lead school in a Multi-Academy Trust with Murrow Primary Academy, consists of seven classes and one reception class and has seen three class teachers join within the last two years.

The report says the new staff have been supported well to make sure their teaching is consistently good and often better, and the school has a strong emphasis on high-quality teaching.

The report also highlighted the academy’s strong partnership with parents, saying “excellent communication” between teachers and parents helps mums and dads feel part of the learning process.

It added: “All parents, without exception, praised the headteacher and the work of the academy.”