Double celebrations as Rattlesden Primary School rated ‘good’
There were double celebrations at a village primary school after it was praised as ‘good’ in two inspections.
Rattlesden Primary School has been rated good in all areas by Church of England education bosses and good with an outstanding feature by Ofsted.
Both inspections were held within a week of each other.
Headteacher Bridget Burke said: “It’s a wonderful Ofsted and we were really thrilled.
“It’s a team effort and everybody works really hard. There were some great comments about the children and how well they behaved towards each other and how hard they work.”
Rattlesden Primary, in School Road, was graded good at its last Ofsted inspection in 2010 and inspectors noted that the quality of education has been maintained in the move to two tier education by ‘training staff well and providing a wide range of resources to support learning effectively’.
Pupils ‘achieve well and make good progress as they move through the school’. From ‘broadly average starting points, they reach and are working at above-average levels in Key Stage 2’.
Teaching is ‘consistently good’ and leaders’ systems to check the quality of teaching are ‘robust and carefully targeted training is provided for all staff’.
Meanwhile, behaviour is ‘outstanding’ and pupils are ‘extremely happy in school and feel exceptionally safe’.
Staff and governors regularly review and improve aspects of the school’s work which has ‘helped the school to ensure consistently good teaching and the closing of any gap in attainment between different groups of pupils’.
They note that Rattlesden Primary is not yet outstanding as teachers’ ‘feedback and marking does not always show pupils how to improve their work and teachers do not consistently check that pupils respond to the advice given’.
Inspectors also found that ‘mathematics is not as good as it is in reading and writing’.
Mrs Burke said these areas for improvement were already part of the school’s development plan for the year before Ofsted’s visit.