A Fenland primary school has proved it is a class act after being rated as ‘good’, with ‘outstanding’ features, by education inspectors.
A glowing report from Ofsted comes just two years after Manea Community Primary School was judged to require improvement.
Leadership and management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, the development, behaviour and welfare of pupils, and outcomes for pupils were all rated as ‘good’, while the school’s early years provision was recognised as ‘outstanding.
Headteacher Nicky Froggatt said: “We are especially pleased that the inspectors recognised our strengths and the hard work of the whole team – the children, the parents, the governing body, teachers, teaching assistants, office staff, site staff, support staff and volunteers.
“The new school grading is recognition of all the achievements of the school over the past four years and certainly since our last inspection in September 2013.
“To receive this grade is such a team effort and recognises everyone’s strengths which is super for the whole school. I am also delighted with the ‘outstanding’ judgement for our Early Years provision and we are working hard to achieve this across the whole school.”
In a report, published last week, Ofsted inspector Caroline Pardy said pupils made good progress throughout the school and standards have improved, especially in reading and writing.
She said there was “strong, determined and ambitious leadership by the headteacher, supported by the deputy headteacher”, which has effectively improved teaching and is raising pupils’ achievement.
“Early years provision is outstanding because children learn in a nurturing environment,” she added. “They make rapid progress and enter Year 1 with above average achievement.”
The report also said children were “enthusiastic learners” and praised pupil behaviour and safety.
In order to become an outstanding school, Ofsted said the school needs to improve the quality of teaching in maths in order to accelerate pupil progress, and develop the skills of subject leaders so they can better measure the impact of their work on improving pupil progress.