School’s success makes poor Ofsted report ‘inappropriate’

Last year's Year Six pupils from Middleton on the Wolds primary
Last year's Year Six pupils from Middleton on the Wolds primary

A head teacher has said that his school’s poor rating from Ofsted is “inappropriate” - after the achievements of year six pupils put the school among the best in the county.

A hundred per cent of last year’s year six pupils at Middleton on the Wolds primary school achieved the government’s new gold standard - which means they all achieved a level 4 or above in reading, writing and mathematics.

Head teacher Steve Woodhouse said the achievement meant that the “requires improvement” rating from inspectors at Ofsted, the government’s schools watchdog, was “inappropriate.”

He said: “A hundred per cent is hard to improve upon!”

Reaching the gold standard means pupils can spell properly and do fractions and percentages, among other things. The school’s 100 per cent success rate compares to 75 per cent the year before and 60 per cent the year before that. It puts the school in the top ten out of 122 primary schools in the East Riding in the key stage two performance table.

The Oftsed report, published exactly a year ago, last Christmas Eve, criticised the school, among other things, for “some weaknesses in teaching which prevent lessons from being consistently good.”

But Mr Woodhouse added: ‘We pride ourselves on giving the children the best opportunities to succeed.

“Our motto of ‘love, laugh, live and learn’ is evident in all that we do. Each and every child receives a personalised curriculum and our results clearly show that it is working for them.”

As reported in last week’s Driffield Times and Post, primary schools in the East Riding have achieved the best Key Stage two results in the Yorkshire and Humber region and have moved to the top 20 per cent nationally.

Eighty per cent of year six pupils in the East Riding achieved the gold standard last year.