School shines in Ofsted inspection

Bugthorpe P S - H'Teacher Angela Ekers & pupils celebrate a successful Ofsted
Bugthorpe P S - H'Teacher Angela Ekers & pupils celebrate a successful Ofsted

STAFF and pupils at a local school are celebrating after a glowing Ofsted report.

Bugthorpe Church of England Primary School received a visit from Ofsted inspectors in April and were judged to be a good school overall with four areas of outstanding achievement.

These include pupil behaviour, the extent to which pupils adopt healthy lifestyles, feel safe and the effectiveness of care, guidance and support.

The inspectors visited eight lessons and found that teacher/pupil relationships are excellent and made the judgment that teaching was at least good and sometimes outstanding, finding that “pupils make good progress because they thoroughly enjoy lessons and work is matched accurately to their individual needs.”

The report also said: “Expectations are generally high and pupils strive hard to meet them” with “teachers challenging their pupils to think deeply and solve problems.”

Although standards in reading and mathematics are especially high, the standard of writing, although above average, is not as assured. The inspection found that “the school has an accurate understanding of its strengths as well as areas to improve.”

Bugthorpe, which has Healthy Schools Status and the Activemark, was praised by inspectors for its commitment to making pupils healthy.

Inspectors said: “a very high proportion of pupils participate in regular challenging physical activities and are very successful in inter-school competitions” and that “the school makes good contributions to the community by being involved in many local projects and initiatives.”

The findings echo comments from parents of children across the school with a typical view from parents being “Every single member of staff at school goes the extra mile to ensure that all children achieve their full potential not only academically but also spiritually, emotionally and physically.”

Headteacher Angela Ekers was delighted with the report.

She said: “I am very proud and pleased with the inspection report and I feel that it recognises the long standing dedication, expertise and commitment of the staff, governors and families at our school.

“I am confident that the school will continue to go from strength to strength.”