Outstanding Ofsted rating is ‘deserved’

Head of school James Marsh and executive head Gabriel Gray, as Shevington Community Primary School celebrate as they are rated outstanding by Ofsted

Head of school James Marsh and executive head Gabriel Gray, as Shevington Community Primary School celebrate as they are rated outstanding by Ofsted

A headteacher has said her school’s outstanding Ofsted report is a “fantastic outcome”.

Shevington Community Primary School received the rating last week just days after a consultation was launched which named the school as one of three that could be closed to tackle a surplus of places in the area.

Gabriel Gray, the executive head of the Shevington Federation, which is responsible for the under-threat schools, Shevington Community, Shevington Vale and Millbrook, has said the result is “well deserved”.

She said: “There are very few schools that have gone from requires improvement to outstanding in two years. It is a fantastic outcome and is well deserved.

“We are delighted. Everyone has worked very hard.”

The report highlights how strengthened leadership of the school since the last inspection, high staff morale and a good range of extra-curricular clubs and activities had helped the school to improve its rating.

The report said: “The very close working partnership across the federation has played a major part in the very rapid improvement seen in the school since the previous inspection.

“Inspirational leadership by the executive headteacher, supported by a talented associate headteacher and a skilled senior leadership team, motivates all staff to give their best for the benefit of the pupils.

“Teaching is outstanding and the new assessment systems are working well.”

The school was rated as outstanding in each are inspected including the effectiveness of leadership and management, the quality of teaching and learning and assessment.

The school was told it needed to improve in just two areas, how it dealt with bullying and teaching pupils to think more carefully about their wiriting to avoid errors.