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Kirkby school rated ‘good’ by inspectors

Abbey Hill Primary and Nursery school celebrate receiving a good Ofsted report, Head teacher Helen Chambers is pictured with pupils (NASC-27-03-14 RA 1a)

Abbey Hill Primary and Nursery school celebrate receiving a good Ofsted report, Head teacher Helen Chambers is pictured with pupils (NASC-27-03-14 RA 1a)

The good progress and achievement of pupils at a Kirkby primary school has been praised by Ofsted inspectors in its latest report.

Abbey Hill Primary and Nursery School, on Abbey Road, has been rated as good in all areas following the visit by the education watchdogs in February.

This marks a development on the previous inspection, which gave the school a rating of ‘requires improvement’, and is the first time the school has been rated as good.

Headteacher Helen Chambers said she was ‘very proud’ of the whole school.

“We were delighted by the judgement and the very positive comments in the Ofsted report,” she said.

“This is the result of the hard work and commitment that all my staff show to the school - they work very hard and we are committed to making sure every child makes progress and that the school is a happy and safe place.”

The Ofsted report comments that Abbey Hill pupils ‘achieve well’ throughout the school and ‘reach broadly average standards by the end of Year 6, which represents good progress’.

Pupils who are supported by pupil premium funding also make good progress.

The report said: “The school uses the funding very appropriately to help this very large group of pupils to develop more secure literacy and numeracy skills and, for example, to provide activities at break and lunchtime for them.”

Inspectors found that the school’s improvement is continuing, led by the ‘strong and purposeful leadership of the headteacher’.

Teaching was found to be ‘consistently good’ with a small proportion assessed as ‘outstanding’.

Improvements that inspectors said still need to be made at the school include challenging the most-able pupils to ensure they attain higher standards and improving the children’s knowledge of times tables.

 

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