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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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‘Caring’ Barrow school hits new heights in report

AN “exceptionally caring” Barrow primary school has impressed inspectors enough to go from “requiring improvements” to being graded as “good” under a tougher framework.

Barrow Island Primary School has been judged to be good in all areas in the report, which has just been released.

In November 2012 Ofsted said the Trinity Street school needed improvements. The education watchdog now says pupils’ achievement and attainment have “improved to good” and whatever their starting points, most pupils “make good progress”.

By the time pupils leave school they reach higher than the national average in maths, expected standards in reading and writing and they are well prepared for the next stage in their education.

Ofsted says teaching has improved and is now “consistently good”. The report says: “Pupils enjoy learning and activities are planned carefully to meet the needs of all pupils.”

Ofsted recognised the school as being “highly valued by pupils and parents” and that it works “extremely well” with families and external agencies to support pupils whose circumstances might put them at risk.

Pupils told Ofsted that they “feel very safe” and inspectors saw good behaviour.

Ofsted describes headteacher, Janet Dixon, as “inspirational,” saying: “she has a clear view of how successful the school can be. Only the best is expected of pupils and staff.”

The report acknowledges that “all staff work well as a team and are passionate about ensuring pupils’ personal development as well as their academic achievement.”

The school “continues to get better”, adds the report, saying school leaders, including governors, “have taken firm steps to improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement”.

Mrs Dixon said: “We are really pleased. Everyone has worked so hard as a team. We have some very targeted learning.

“There is a real can-do attitude. We had quite of a lot of things in place and they have come to fruition. We have had a lot of support from the governors.”

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