Primary praised for pupil safety by Ofsted

Pupils at Alford Primary School
Pupils at Alford Primary School

ALFORD Primary School has been praised for the safe environment it provides its pupils, the healthy lifestyle it promotes and its role within the community.

Ofsted recently awarded the school with a good overall grading with outstanding elements in the aforementioned categories.

Headteacher Debbie Forster said: “The staff and governors are very proud of the recent Ofsted report and we are delighted that the hard work of staff and pupils was recognised in what was an extremely rigorous inspection.”

A priority on pupil safety was recognised in the report which said the school is ‘a very caring, happy place where pupils feel extremely safe and valued.’

Children are educated on safety inside and outside the classroom as well as on the dangers of the internet with talks from visiting speakers and initiatives such as ‘Stay Safe Day.’

Healthy menus, free fruit for break-time snacks and a ban on crisps and chocolate earned the school an outstanding grading for promoting healthy lifestyles among its pupils.

Extra-curricular sporting activities including kick boxing, gymnastics, football and rugby taught by teachers and visiting coaches are also enjoyed by 220 children a week at the school.

Ofsted also praised the school for its role within the community by raising funds for the Alford group of charities and inviting guests from the day centre to enjoy its Christmas carols.

Pupils are encouraged to take a role in their school through a council which has brought in its own new initiatives at the school.

Council members have suggested new playground activities and created a gardening club to grow their own vegetables.

High standards of teaching , particularly in English were praised and parents frequently remarked ‘my child is really happy here.’