PUPILS, staff and parents at a York village primary school are celebrating Ofsted success.

The inspection at Copmanthorpe School which took place in the middle of April, and inspectors awarded the large village school an overall effectiveness rating of ‘good’.

Head teacher Jenny Rogers said: “The current Ofsted inspection framework is arguably more challenging than ever before and many schools have had a very tough time persuading their inspection teams that they are still ‘good’. We are therefore delighted that we have maintained this overall effectiveness rating.”

The report said that 'pupils are polite and respectful to each other and to staff. The relationships between staff and pupils are very positive. As a result, behaviour in lessons and conduct around the school environment are exemplary.' and noted that Mrs Roger’s 'determination and passion have ensured that leadership, at all levels, is focused not only on the progress of pupils, but also on their whole school experience.'

The inspection report also recognised that 'since the last inspection, outcomes for pupils overall have remained strong. The proportion of children in early years who achieve a good level of development has been increasing year-on-year since the last inspection and remains well above national average. Outcomes for pupils at the end of key stage 1 in 2017 remained strong. The proportion of pupils achieving the expected standard and greater depth in reading, writing, mathematics and science was well above national average.'

Mrs Rogers thanked the parents and friends of the school, saying: “The support provided by parents throughout the inspection was tremendous. The inspector was particularly impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment to the school shown by the entire Copmanthorpe community.

“The next steps for the school, as identified by the Ofsted inspector, show the course of action that we are seeking to implement in order to meet Ofsted’s “outstanding” category. We will continue to work at this through the regular self-assessment of performance and by harnessing our commitment to continuous improvement”.

Peter Northfield, Chairman of governors at the school, joined Mrs Rogers in celebrating this success, adding that he wished to congratulate the children on the way in which they conducted themselves during the inspection.

Mr Northfield said: “The inspector was full of praise for the pride shown in their school by the courteous, enthusiastic and articulate pupils that he met.

"The ‘good’ rating that we have achieved is testament to the performance of our children, and to the commitment and enthusiasm of the head teacher, staff, parents and governors.”