Staff and pupils at a Worksop school are good – and that’s official.
Children, parents, teachers and governors at Haggonfields Primary School in Rhodesia are celebrating after inspectors from Government education watchdog Ofsted rated it as good, for the second successive time.
Teaching quality and pupils’ behaviour were among aspects of the Marjorie Street school singled out for praise by the inspection team – to the delight of headteacher Brian Huxley.
He said; “We are very pleased.
“I think we are the first school in Worksop, possibly in Nottinghamshire, to have the new short inspection.
“We got a phone call the day before to say they’re coming and then they come and do a one-day inspection.
“If they think there’s enough evidence to secure the previous good rating, that’s it, but if they think they need more, they stay another day. In our case, he was satisfied with what he saw.”
Mr Huxley said it was the first time in the school’s history it had secured successive good ratings.
He said: “This represents a tremendous achievement for Haggonfields.
“A ‘good’ judgment under the current inspection framework requires the school to demonstrate very high standards of care, provision and ultimately, academic achievement.”
The Ofsted team, led by inspector Clive Moss, said the school, which has about 100 pupils aged three to 11 on roll, had made good progress since the last inspection, in 2011.
In a letter to Mr Huxley, Mr Moss said: “The leadership team has maintained a good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.
“You, the governing body and the senior leaders have built the confidence, self-esteem and capability of the staff and the staff have, in turn, done likewise for the pupils.
“The pupils show good manners and are friendly and welcoming. They know everyone at the school does not behave well all of the time and that, sometimes, people fall out.
“They are keen, however, to do as much as they can to keep the school friendly and welcoming and to sort out problems, when they occur.”
Mr Moss highlighted several areas of improvement for the school, including attendance, which “is not good enough”, as well as to “improve the ways in which the school works with parents”.
Mr Huxley, who joined the school in 2010, before becoming headteacher a year later, said: “We have worked hard to get where we are and we’re still growing.
“We do an awful lot with our parents, but clearly not enough, so we are formulating a plan to tackle that now.”