Ofsted inspectors praise school’s improvements

Glade Primary School students and staff after its Ofsted in February 2012.
Glade Primary School students and staff after its Ofsted in February 2012.

A Brandon Primary School is celebrating after it aced its latest Ofsted reports - despite inspection standards getting tougher.

Glade Primary School, in Brandon, was given a rating of ‘good’ by Government inspectors after they visited the school on February 7 and 8.

Andy Smith, who became headteacher in January 2010, said the results were a testament to the school’s success.

“I am so pleased that Ofsted have recognised how successful Glade has become.

“It has taken us under three years to reach this standard at a time when inspections have become far more challenging for schools.

“At Glade, we are committed to raising standards and we will continue to develop and improve the quality of learning and support for all our pupils,” he said.

The inspectors were impressed by the school’s quality of teaching, the achievement of pupils, standards of behaviour and the school’s leadership.

A report, set to be published on Friday, said: “The headteacher and senior leaders have been rigorous in their drive to improve teaching and learning and raise standards.”

There was also praise for improvements in the teaching of reading and for the ‘consistently interesting’ lessons.

The school’s last inspection, in May 2010, returned a rating of satisafctory. Ofsted made inspections more rigorous in September 2012.