Kirkby school impresses Ofsted

NMAC12-1326-2''Kate Burns, back centre, Headteacher of Kingby Kingsway Primary School joins pupils in a celebration of their Ofsted.
NMAC12-1326-2''Kate Burns, back centre, Headteacher of Kingby Kingsway Primary School joins pupils in a celebration of their Ofsted.

STAFF and pupils at a Kirkby primary school are celebrating after it was given a ‘good’ rating by education inspectors on their latest visit.

Kingsway Primary School, on Kingsway, has been awarded good inspection grades by Ofsted inspectors for its overall effectiveness, achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

In the report of their visit last month, the inspectors wrote that ‘the caring ethos of the school provides a safe and secure environment which meets the needs of almost all pupils’.

Pupils were found to make good progress throughout the school, and though children start school with skills below those of others nationally, particularly in reading and writing, attainment at the end of Key Stage 2 is ‘broadly average’.

Lessons at Kingsway were judged to be ‘well-planned’, and teachers said to engage with pupils through their ‘enthusiasm and good subject knowledge’.

Kate Burns, headteacher at the school, said she is delighted with the Ofsted report because ‘it reflects the dedication and hard work of all the staff and the excellent attitudes of the children towards learning and behaviour’.

“We are extremely well-supported by a hardworking and active governing body whose contribution was clearly recognised by the inspection team.

“We would also like to thank all our parents and carers as we value their support and the positive ways in which they work in partnership with Kingsway School,” she said.

Inspectors said that the only aspect that stops the school from being outstanding is because standards are average and ‘some more-able pupils do not make as much progress as they could’.

To improve further, the school needs to raise standards in English and mathematics through extended writing and problem-solving, and to distribute management responsibilities to more staff.