School praised

A Government inspector has praised many aspects of Alderman Payne Primary School at Parson Drove, concluding that the school is ‘good’ overall.

The inspector from OfSTED – the Office for Standards in Education – praised the quality of teaching, the behaviour of pupils and the leadership of the headteacher and governors.

She said teachers fired pupils’ love for learning. “Teachers plan lessons that engage pupils and work is usually matched closely to their ability levels.

“They ask stimulating questions and plan exciting activities. They check for understanding but also help pupils to develop their thinking further, “said the inspector.

“Changes made to the way subjects are taught have improved achievement and made learning more enjoyable for pupils.

“Homework is set regularly and pupils are very enthusiastic about it. In all lessons, teachers set pupils a good example of how to behave as mature and responsible people. They encourage pupils to be equally responsible, and to develop good social and moral skills and understanding,” she added.

Pupils in turn were highlighted for their good behaviour and attitudes to work. “Pupils behave well in and around school. Older pupils play with and look after younger ones on the playground, and they say they enjoy playing together.

“Pupils have a clear understanding of what bullying means, and the different forms it can take,” said the inspector’s report.

She said headteacher Sue Blyth’s drive and ambition for the school were evident in the impact her changes have had over the past two years.

“The headteacher regularly and thoroughly checks data on pupils’ performance and observes lessons to see how well they are taught.

“Good partnerships with other local schools mean that staff have the opportunity to share good practice and bring new ideas back to the school,” noted the report.

Governors were also praised: “The governors have a very clear understanding of the school’s strengths and where it needs to improve. They have good systems for checking how well the school is doing,” the inspector added.

In order to improve further, the school was encouraged to improve the quality of teaching to outstanding, and to strengthen leadership and management.

Headteacher Sue Blyth said: “Our wonderful OfSTED result is testament to all the hard work that the staff, children, governors and parents have put in over the last two years. I am very proud of the whole school community and thank them for their continued support.”