School celebrates after rising in Ofsted rating

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Children and teachers are celebrating a rise in ratings after earning themselves the next level up in Ofsted praise.

Priors Field Primary School was this month reclassified as ‘good’ - the second of four ratings given to schools across the UK by the examining body.

The Clinton Lane school was described as having improved on its previously ‘satisfactory’ rating under head teacher, Margot Brown and with good teaching at all ages.

The Ofsted inspectors’ report read: “Teaching is consistently good throughout the school, particularly for the youngest and oldest pupils.

“Under the decisive and effective leadership of the head teacher, the school has improved in all key respects since its last inspection and is continuing to improve.”

The school missed out on an outstanding judgement because inspectors found: “Teachers do not always provide work that challenges pupils to learn as much as they could, particularly those who are more able, or move them on quickly once they have completed the tasks set.

They continued: “Subject leaders are not yet contributing enough to improving the school. They have only recently begun to check closely on the amount of learning taking place in lessons.”

Head teacher, Margot Brown said: “In 2013 our school received a ‘requires improvement’ judgement from Ofsted. I am delighted to inform you that in April we were judged by Ofsted to be a ‘good’ school.”

Judgements are scored on a four-point scale from inadequate to outstanding.

In 2013, the school was given a ‘satisfactory’ rating.

Priors Field Club in Clinton Lane which runs an after school club from the school grounds, was also given a good report by the regulatory body at an inspection last month.

St Nicholas Primary School retained its ‘good’ rating in last month’s inspection after inspectors found: “Most pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The quality of teaching is consistently good.”