City junior school rated good with outstanding features by Ofsted
The thumbs up from education inspectors has put a smile on everyone's faces at a city junior school.
Whipton Barton Junior School has been rated good, with some outstanding features, by schools standards agency, Ofsted.
In 2011 the school was judged satisfactory but now, after much improvement, every aspect of life is at least good with behaviour and safety outstanding.
Two Ofsted inspectors spent two days at the school last month. They concluded that teaching is "almost always good with some outstanding lessons".
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And the behaviour and safety of the 215 children is "consistently outstanding" and pupils "make good progress and achieve well".
Lead inspector Andrew Saunders said children typically start school with skills and knowledge which are well below average but, by the end of year six they are reaching nationally expected standards of attainment.
"Attitudes to learning are exemplary and pupils are keen to do their very best work," he continued. "Pupils' good progress and improving attainment mean that their achievement is good.
"The excellent behaviour of pupils is a significant strength of the school and is an important factor in their improving attainment.
"Pupils are keen to be at school, want to do well and work hard for their teachers. They enjoy learning a great deal.
"Parents had very positive views about the school and commented on what a positive difference the school has made for their children."
The school's headteacher Sandra Leggett was recognised as having developed an effective team of senior leaders.
For the full report visit, http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/113093