Greythorn Primary School in West Bridgford is celebrating as its latest Ofsted result declares the school to be Good in all areas.
The report has particular praise for the school because, ‘Pupils attainment by the time they leave the school is above that seen nationally’, and, ‘Pupils’ rates of attendance are above those seen nationally.’
Inspectors say that pupils are well mannered and behave well at the Greythorn Drive school and that ‘Teaching across the school is characterised by strong subject knowledge and effective questioning skills. Teachers’ use of assessment enables them to build effectively on pupils’ prior knowledge and understanding.’
In the key findings the inspectors say, ‘The headteacher has successfully ensured that the vision and values of this school are well known. Leaders and staff have worked together as a cohesive team to bring about improvements in teaching and outcomes.’
The report also praises The Flying High Trust, of which Greythorn Primary is a member school, for providing… ‘effective support to leaders to enable them to improve their skills and the quality of provision at the school.’
Head Teacher at Greythorn Primary School, Mrs Sally MacDonald, says that the school will use this platform to make further advances, “We are delighted with this result and want to thank our wonderful pupils, their families and Greythorn staff for the hard work that this outcome reflects.
“We have always valued the development of the whole child, and this year we are taking great strides to develop a challenging and creative curriculum with questioning and reasoning at its heart, preparing our children for life in the 21st century.”
Mrs MacDonald says that the school is grateful to families and friends for their support of the school, referencing the report which says, ‘The overwhelming majority of parents and carers speak highly of the school’ and that ‘There is a strong culture of safeguarding. Pupils are confident that they are safe in school. They learn how to keep themselves safe in a variety of situations.’
Ofsted Inspector: ‘As he was composing his letter, one boy declared his love of writing saying, ‘It makes my heart happy!’
A particularly heart-warming mention in the report details a classroom where children were being encouraged to write a story and says, ‘During the inspection, the teacher showed the children a video clip of a canoeist making his way down rapids at Holme Pierrepont. She skilfully narrated the short clip, using vocabulary such as ‘splashing’, ‘wavy’, ‘bubbly’ and ‘foaming’. This inspired the children as they wrote a letter about a canoeing adventure. As he was composing his letter, one boy declared his love of writing saying, ‘It makes my heart happy!’
The school is now proactively tackling points the report raises on how to improve. These include ensuring consistency of the high expectations as seen in mathematics and English across other subjects, focusing on success criteria and staff accountability to clarify pupils’ targets and steps to learning.
Mrs MacDonald said, “Whilst we are thrilled with these results, we are not content to rest on our laurels and will continue to strive to be the best school we can be. This is a huge step change for Greythorn Primary School and we will make the most of the momentum. So, watch this space!”