Gretton Primary remains a ‘Good’ school – Ofsted
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Following a recent inspection Ofsted inspectors confirmed that Gretton Primary Academy is a ‘warm, welcoming community’ that continues to be a good school.
Inspectors ratified all the judgements of a 2016 report, which said that Leadership and Management, Personal Development and Behaviour and Early Years provision were Outstanding and the Quality of Teaching and Outcomes were Good.
Verbal feedback from inspectors highlighted that leadership is strong across all areas, the children are articulate, confident and polite, there are high expectations of children’s behaviour and the curriculum and range of enrichment opportunities is good.
The report states: ‘Pupils feel safe and well cared for … (they) behave well in lessons and play together happily … Relationships between staff and pupils are positive. Pupils enjoy learning and achieve well in different subjects.’
Leaders ‘ensure that staff receive the training and support to plan and deliver an effective curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils.’ This includes developing a love of reading, extending pupils’ vocabulary and stimulating their imagination.
A ‘strength’ of the school is identifying and supporting those with special educational needs. Arrangements for safeguarding and pupil development are both effective.
Inspectors said that ‘the governing body is enthusiastic and highly motivated’ and ‘leaders are supported by multi-academy trust partners. The trust provides relevant, high quality training opportunities for leaders, staff and governors.’
Detailed grades are not given in a Section 8 inspection, however, Principal Jane MacDonald was told that the Good Ofsted grading is ‘a very strong good.’
She said: ‘The team at Gretton Primary Academy is delighted with this report which shows that our ethos and strategies, particularly with regards to the curriculum, are continuing to pay dividends. Pupils enjoy coming to the school, have high quality lessons and we provide a range of additional activities in sports, competitions, residential visits and community events.’
Trust CEO Dr Andrew Campbell said: ‘Congratulations to Gretton Primary which, although small in pupil numbers, has a very big presence, both in its community and within the Brooke Weston Trust. It is a wonderful example of what primary education should be, providing a welcoming and nurturing environment, well planned lessons and a huge range of enrichment opportunities. Well done to the team at Gretton.’