Whipton Barton School receives thumbs up from inspectors
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.
"There is a strong sense of working as a team to give the pupils the best opportunities possible," Mr Saunders continued adding that disabled pupils and those with special educational needs receive "well-focused support" and staff demonstrate "excellent care".
"The pupils become confident young people because they are supported well and have good opportunities to reflect the world around them," said Mr Saunders.
"Parents commented on how impressed they are with the head and other leaders and said that teachers were overwhelmingly helpful."
To continue its good improvement, inspectors said the school should increase the frequency that pupils' record how well they are doing towards meeting their targets and replicate the effective target setting in writing and maths in reading.
The school should also increase the proportion of outstanding teaching.
Mrs Leggett, thanked pupils, parents, staff, governors and community members for their hard work, commitment and continued support of the school. She added: "I am particularly proud of the children who demonstrate exemplary attitudes to learning and are keen to do their very best work."