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Monday, 22 December 2014

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‘Good’ Ofsted rating delights proud head at Cumbria village school

A VILLAGE primary school which has higher than average results has been rated “good” in an Ofted report.

Waberthwaite School was praised by inspector Naomi Taylor, who said pupils are “making good progress” and “the inspirational head has a clear view of how successful the school can be”.

Waberthwaite has maintained its grading – the second highest which Ofsted can give – from the previous inspection, and some aspects have improved to outstanding, the highest grade.

The report states the achievement of pupils is good, with positive links between the school, home and nurseries.

In the last academic year, the level of Year One pupils’ achievement in phonics is higher than the national average.

Also the attainment in Key Stage Two exceeds national levels in the core subjects of maths, reading and writing.

Ms Taylor said: “This is because the teachers and teaching assistants are highly skilled.”

The report states some lessons are “exceptionally well planned” and “pupils made outstanding progress in learning”.

The primary school is not yet outstanding as “teachers do not always make sure that pupils correct their work once it has been marked to ensure that they learn from errors.”

However, the report states: “A noticeable feature of the teaching is the calm working atmosphere that is created in all of the classes”.

The behaviour and safety of pupils is good.

Ms Taylor said: “Throughout the school there is a strong atmosphere of mutual respect.”

The leadership and management is also good and the head “has the skills and determination to successfully drive continued school improvement”.

Ms Taylor said one of the reasons the school missed out on being graded outstanding is that some governors are relatively new in their posts and their skills in carrying out tasks related to their areas of responsibility needs further development.

Headteacher Penny Khan said: “I’m so proud of the report. It is a reflection of our great teaching. This can be seen in our results, which are higher than the national average.

“And I am thrilled inspectors called our school inspirational – we really try to do the best for the pupils and I’m glad it shows.”

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