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‘Good’ Ofsted at Barningham Primary School is due to team effort

BARNINGHAM: School celebrates good Ofsted'Barningham Primary School, Church Road.' Picture Mark Westley ANL-151216-161742009
BARNINGHAM: School celebrates good Ofsted'Barningham Primary School, Church Road.' Picture Mark Westley ANL-151216-161742009

A headteacher has praised the ‘real team effort’ which saw her school soar to a ‘good’ Ofsted rating.

Inspectors ruled that Barningham CofE Primary has ‘acted decisively to tackle weaknesses highlighted’ by the education watchdog two years ago when it judged the school to ‘require improvement’.

As a result ‘pupils’ achievement has improved because of good teaching and a broader, more balanced curriculum, particularly in mathematics’.

Head Frances Parr said: “I’m so proud of everybody in the school - the children are fantastic and I have the most amazing and gifted teaching team.

“It’s a real team effort - we talk about ‘Team Barningham’ all the time now.

“We have very supportive parents and carers who’ve stuck with us through thick and thin and shown great faith in us.

“I’ve great support from my governing body and other colleagues in the diocese.”

When asked how improvements had been made, she said: “Quality teachers who have high expectations of every pupil and people working as a team.”

The school has been praised as ‘good’ across the board with inspectors noting that Mrs Parr, supported by governors and staff, has ‘established a very positive climate for learning with high expectations of all’.

The quality of teaching is checked regularly and teachers build pupils’ basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics so they make ‘good progress and are ready for secondary school’.

Meanwhile, ‘high quality support’ enables disabled pupils, those with special educational needs and disadvantaged pupils to ‘thrive’.

Ofsted said the school can improve further by securing ‘greater consistency of high quality teaching’. It should also enable leaders new to the school to quickly develop the skills they need to lead their areas of responsibility and play a greater role in improving teaching and learning.

Mrs Parr said they will continue to monitor teaching and learning in all classes with weekly drop-ins and work scrutiny.

They will also provide release time for English and maths leaders to develop their subject knowledge, observe lessons, scrutinise work and lead staff meetings to promote good practice.


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