Ofsted celebrations put on hold at primary school

Holme-on-Spalding Moor Primary headteacher Mark Alston with some pupils.
Holme-on-Spalding Moor Primary headteacher Mark Alston with some pupils.

Celebrations are on hold at a primary school in the area which was told that it had improved by two grades, from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’, following an Ofsted inspection.

Holme-on-Spalding Moor Primary School was inspected last month and received the report back from Ofsted almost a fortnight ago.

It was rated as good in all key areas - achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, leadership and management, early years provision and overall effectiveness. The school made the report available on its website, which it has now removed, and it informed parents.

However, Ofsted has delayed publishing the report because it needs to double check some evidence.

Headteacher Mark Alston, who is retiring at the end of the academic year, said: “Ofsted sent out the report to us on Friday 3 July. Then we get five working days to distribute it to parents, so we distributed it to parents the following Tuesday. We had put it on the website but had to take it down.

“We received a phone call from Ofsted saying they wanted to double check evidence and wouldn’t be publishing it until this week. We have been told it will be published before the end of this week.”

Mr Alston, who has been headteacher of the school for the past 12 years, says he will miss the school when he retires. He explained: “It has gone really quickly. I will be leaving with lots of happy memories of the place. There is an overriding sense of fun and enjoyment at the school.”