'An impressive turnaround': Good Ofsted grade welcomed for two dales primary schools

'An impressive turnaround': Good Ofsted grade welcomed for two dales primary schools
'An impressive turnaround': Good Ofsted grade welcomed for two dales primary schools

PRIMARY schools which operate as one organisation split across two sites have been rated as "good" by Ofsted.

Middleham and Spennithorne CE Primary Schools achieved the grade in all areas scrutinised by inspectors – education quality, behaviour, personal development, leadership and early years.

The reports are a major improvement on the previous inspections, which gave a grade of requiring improvement.

Inspectors noted that pupils “love coming to school” and commented on the “safe, welcoming and family feeling” at both sites.

Headteacher Marie Mann said: “The schools were praised for having high expectations of all pupils and preparing them well for their next steps in education, with children working hard, listening well and playing well together.

"Reading and maths were particularly highlighted for praise thanks to an ambitious and well-sequenced curriculum, specialist training for staff and extra support for pupils where required."

Early years staff were found to be “kind and nurturing”, helping youngsters to settle well into school life.

Mrs Mann said: “The grade marks an impressive turnaround for the schools and Ofsted noted that incisive self-evaluation, precise planning and strategic changes have led to recent improvements. I am so proud of the pupils, staff, governors and wider community in achieving this amazing result."

Chair of governors Sam Wilmington added: “I am so proud that the hard work of pupils, teachers and school leaders has been recognised in this report. Both schools play an important role in the local community so it is especially heartening to see them thrive.

"My thanks go out to our school parents and carers who have continued to support the changes that have led to this fantastic outcome. We remain dedicated to providing quality of education in a caring and compassionate setting and are committed to delivering further improvements over the next year and beyond."