A HIGHLY valued primary school has been praised by inspectors for its promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, which they believe has helped create mature, responsible citizens.
Chapel St Leonards Primary School improved from a ‘satisfactory’ to a ‘good’ Ofsted rating in its latest inspection, much to the delight of head teacher Amelia Haslehurst, who was praised for leading well and having high expectations of staff and pupils.
She said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the outcome of our recent Ofsted inspection, which confirmed our own judgements and the findings of our own self evaluation. The grading of not only good overall, but good in each of the four areas inspected is a wonderful credit to the hard work of all of the members of our staff team and also to our children, parents and carers and governing body.”
Faced with a more stringent Ofsted inspection process, the majority of schools visited recently have been downgraded, with far fewer receiving either ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ grades - making this result all the more praiseworthy.
During the inspection carried out on March 20 and 21, Ofsted commended teachers for achieving good progress with an intake that is generally of bellow average attainment but which exceeds the average in reading, writing and maths by the end of their time at the school.
The report states: “Pupils say that teachers make learning fun and always treat them fairly.
“Lessons move at a fast pace and teachers are very good at checking on pupils’ progress throughout.”
The pupils’ behaviour is also celebrated and said to be an ‘important reason for them achieving so well’, while the adults response to any instances of negative behaviour helps create a ‘happy school where all feel safe’. Lincolnshire County Councils ward member for Chapel St Leonards, Coun Colin Davie said: “I wish to congratulate Amelia and her entire teaching staff and the governing body on this excellent Ofsted report. To get a good across the board with the strong hint that outstanding is within reach is a testament to the hard work and effort of everyone at the school.
“Parents can rightly be proud of how their children are being educated at this wonderful local school.”
Areas noted for improvement related to the boys’ attainment which tends to be lower than the girls and to support more-able pupils better, which the school is already working towards.