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Success for Wilberfoss Primary


2:46pm 8th March 2012

Staff and pupils are celebrating after being judged to be an outstanding school following a recent Ofsted inspection.

Inspirational teaching, high attainment in all subjects and strong leadership and management saw the school awarded outstanding across the board.

The report said:

“This is an outstanding school with many significant strengths. Its sustained success is the result of the dedication of all staff, a palpable sense of shared vision, the deep care and support provided for all groups of pupils and a constant drive to raise achievement.

“Attainment in all subjects has been, and continues to be high. All groups of pupils make outstanding progress from their starting points. By the time they leave school, pupils are well developed, confident readers, are able to write well in a variety of styles and have excellent mathematical skills.”

The inspectors were full of praise of the quality of teaching, describing some teaching practices as “inspirational”.

The report said:

“Teachers use highly innovative approaches alongside more traditional techniques to ensure pupils receive the very best attention to their needs. The support provided from teaching assistants is first-rate and, as a result, pupils of all abilities thrive.”

Pupils were seen to be well mannered, considerate towards each other’s needs and highly respectful of all adults and inspectors found “the behaviour of all groups of pupils, including those pupils whose circumstances potentially make them vulnerable, is exemplary. In turn, the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is exceptional.”

 Inspectors found “the acting head teacher has built on the considerable successes of the substantive head teacher and has driven improvements apace.

“All staff shares her ambition and as a result, constantly re-evaluate their practice to ensure outcomes for pupils are constantly outstanding.”

Acting head teacher, Rachel Hatter, said:

“Everyone is very pleased with the outcomes. We firmly believe that every child matters and work hard to make learning fun and full of challenge for all children within a lively and bright learning environment.

“We have well-motivated pupils, supportive and engaged parents and an able and forward-thinking governing body. We also believe that our staff team is second to none.

“Gaining the outstanding judgement is a testament to everyone’s consistent dedication to their role in the school.”

Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and schools at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:

“This is a tremendous result for the whole school and particularly given the rigour of the new Ofsted inspection regime.

“They should all be extremely proud of this judgement.”

Mike Furbank, head of achievement and inclusion at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:

“This is a testimonial to hard work and the inspirational leadership of the head and her leadership team.

“I am delighted that they were judged as outstanding on every judgement made – truly outstanding!”

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