Wheldrake with Thorganby CE Primary School celebrates Ofsted inspection report

York Press: Head teacher Alison Shaw and pupils at Wheldrake with Thorganby CE Primary School celebrate their Ofsted report at a recent non-uniform day Head teacher Alison Shaw and pupils at Wheldrake with Thorganby CE Primary School celebrate their Ofsted report at a recent non-uniform day

STAFF and pupils at a York primary school are celebrating a good inspection report.

Wheldrake with Thorganby CE Primary School, which has 217 pupils, was inspected under the new tougher Ofsted framework, having previously been inspected in January 2009.

Despite the more challenging criteria, the school retained its “good” status and inspectors noted that “this good and improving school” is working towards being the top grade of “outstanding”.

The inspectors said: “From generally average starting points, pupils make good progress throughout the school and achieve well”, and that by “the end of Year 6, overall standards are well above average”.

Head teacher Alison Shaw said she was pleased with the outcome.

She said: “The school is pleased that the inspectors noted the good progress made by pupils with special educational needs and those eligible for the pupil premium funding.

“Teaching at Wheldrake with Thorganby was found to be good with occasional examples of outstanding practice across the school.”

Inspection team leader Rajinder Harrison said that in order to become an outstanding school “teaching needs to be consistently good and more is outstanding to speed up pupils’ progress and raise their achievement in all subjects, especially mathematics.

“The school needs to improve leadership and management by monitoring more rigorously the quality of teachers’ planning and marking, particularly in mathematics, and its effect on learning throughout the school.”

The report also said that the school improvement plan accurately identifies the areas to develop further and the work undertaken so far “has already had significant impact on raising achievement”, with senior leaders, including the governing body, ensuring that improvements are strongly focused on raising pupils’ standards and progress.

The inspectors found that pupils’ attendance was outstanding and that they “form trusting relationships with staff, and so feel safe and happy at school.”

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8:18am Mon 3 Mar 14

micky moodys hat says...

Not outstanding though......... celebrating mediocrity. ..typical of us brits
Not outstanding though......... celebrating mediocrity. ..typical of us brits micky moodys hat
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9:59am Mon 3 Mar 14

roskoboskovic says...

what a sad indictment of todays education system.schools have to spend too much time worrying about jobsworth inspectors coming round to judge them.most of these village schools were always excellent and the seemingly mediocre report is probably an underhand way of keeping headteachers on their toes.i ve never heard anything other than glowing reports of this excellent school.how much money is spent on these inspections and their interfering inspectors.
what a sad indictment of todays education system.schools have to spend too much time worrying about jobsworth inspectors coming round to judge them.most of these village schools were always excellent and the seemingly mediocre report is probably an underhand way of keeping headteachers on their toes.i ve never heard anything other than glowing reports of this excellent school.how much money is spent on these inspections and their interfering inspectors. roskoboskovic
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10:31am Mon 3 Mar 14

BusyBea says...

micky moodys hat wrote:
Not outstanding though......... celebrating mediocrity. ..typical of us brits
The OFSTED judgement of "good" is as far from mediocre as north is from south! This is as bad as saying that an Olympic athlete shouldn't celebrate a winning a silver medal. May I respectfully suggest that, before making such comments, you read the OFSTED inspection schedule and find out what a school actually has to achieve before it is judged to be good.

Congratulations to the pupils, headteacher, staff, and governors. Your hard work has been recognised.
[quote][p][bold]micky moodys hat[/bold] wrote: Not outstanding though......... celebrating mediocrity. ..typical of us brits[/p][/quote]The OFSTED judgement of "good" is as far from mediocre as north is from south! This is as bad as saying that an Olympic athlete shouldn't celebrate a winning a silver medal. May I respectfully suggest that, before making such comments, you read the OFSTED inspection schedule and find out what a school actually has to achieve before it is judged to be good. Congratulations to the pupils, headteacher, staff, and governors. Your hard work has been recognised. BusyBea
  • Score: 7

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