Junior school earns glowing report from Ofsted inspectors

Celebrating...Mount Pleasant Junior School pupils with headteacher Adrienne Palmer.
Celebrating...Mount Pleasant Junior School pupils with headteacher Adrienne Palmer.

Staff and pupils at Mount Pleasant Junior School in Market Weighton are glowing with pride after Ofsted ruled that the school is top of the class.

Ofsted inspectors have described it as an ‘outstanding’ school, following their recent visit.

Their latest report found that the school is outstanding in all key areas – achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, leadership and management and overall effectiveness.

The inspectors said the school has rapidly improved since a previous inspection, when it was described as ‘satisfactory.’

They found that pupils make rapid progress as they move through the school, that most of the teaching is outstanding, and never less than consistently good, and that each child is treated as an individual.

The report says that pupils enjoy coming to school, which is reflected in its high attendance figures, that they feel safe in school, and the new curriculum is imaginative and creative.

The headteacher is described as an ‘exceptional leader’ who has had a strong impact on improving the quality of teaching and raising standards, supported by well-established leaders and a highly committed governing body.

“All staff in school work as a cohesive team to ensure that all children have the best education they can possibly have,” the report says.

Headteacher Adrienne Palmer said: “I am obviously delighted with the Ofsted report. The fact that the outstanding judgement has been made in all of the areas inspected is an additional cause for celebration.

“The report is the result of much hard work and team effort by all of the staff at Mount Pleasant, including the support staff. I always believed that the teachers were committed to doing the very best for the children and knew them to be hard working and effective.

“The children also deserve credit. They represented the school with confidence, showing the caring aspect of the school we work to achieve. Some of the things they said about the school were amazing and showed that they were really proud of it.”

Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding Council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “The school was eager for Ofsted to visit so that it could demonstrate its journey since it was last inspected. The school is rightly proud of its progress and I am delighted that it was recognised by Ofsted.

“I wish the school community every success in sustaining this excellent outcome.”