GREATHAM Primary School has been rated as ‘good’ overall in its latest Ofsted report.
All of the areas assessed were rated as ‘good’ and the school came very close to gaining ‘outstanding’ judgements in the Early Years and behaviour and attitudes categories.
The inspectors carried out detailed investigations into the school’s teaching of English, maths, science and art.
These investigations showed that the school had high expectations for all of its pupils and that the curriculum was well structured and embedded.
The attainment of children showed a trend towards improvement and the expectation of the Ofsted inspectors was that this would continue.
Headteacher Jo Goman said she was “extremely proud and delighted” with the outcome of the two-day inspection, which took place from January 14-15, adding: “We are thrilled to now be categorised as a ‘good’ school.”
The inspectors remarked that “the engagement with all was fabulous”, which enabled the inspection to go very smoothly.
They also recognised that the school had “a strong nurturing and family atmosphere”.
Thanking all of the staff for their work, Ms Goman and the chairman of governors, Michael Anderton, said they recognised this outcome was the result of “dedication and a whole team effort” throughout the school.
More thanks were given to the children, whom they described as “superb”, and their parents, whose support was “outstanding”.
Particular praise was reserved for the school’s parents and teachers association, which is known as the Friends of Greatham School.
Ms Goman said: “While they were not active participants in the inspection, their work is instrumental in creating the family community at Greatham Primary School.”
Considering the future for the school, Ms Goman added: “The school is now looking forward to continuing to progress and will be particularly focusing on further development of the curriculum through diverse and enriching opportunities for children.”