Edwinstowe school praised during Ofsted report

King Edwin Primary celebrates improved OFSTED report. teachers l-r is Rebecca Lumb Dep Head, Sophie Sharp Inclusion Manager, Emma Haywood Acting head, Rachel Cox Assis Head, Sarah Betts Chair of Governers. children l-r William Ross yr 6, Maisie Clark foundation, Seth Hamilton yr2, Grace Reed yr 3, Olivia Parkes yr 4, Maddison Gill yr 1,Libby Rossington-Wilson yr 5 and Rio Beard foundation in front.

King Edwin Primary celebrates improved OFSTED report. teachers l-r is Rebecca Lumb Dep Head, Sophie Sharp Inclusion Manager, Emma Haywood Acting head, Rachel Cox Assis Head, Sarah Betts Chair of Governers. children l-r William Ross yr 6, Maisie Clark foundation, Seth Hamilton yr2, Grace Reed yr 3, Olivia Parkes yr 4, Maddison Gill yr 1,Libby Rossington-Wilson yr 5 and Rio Beard foundation in front.

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A school that was heavily criticised 12 months ago by Ofsted inspectors has turned the corner following its latest report.

King Edwin Primary in Edwinstowe was told it was ‘inadequate’ by inspectors last year in three of the four key areas.

But following a more recent visit, they have made enough progress to be deemed as ‘good’ in all areas.

That includes the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

Acting headteacher Emma Haywood was singled out for praise for providing ‘strong leadership’, that ‘achievements were good and standards rising’, ‘teaching was almost always good and is sometimes outstanding’ and that ‘pupils’ behaviour is consistently good’.

But Emma praised former headteacher Peter Dalby and the work he did before his retirement, but she was overjoyed to make the leap from inadequate to good in the space of a year.

“It’s very rare for this to happen, and this is due to the hard work to address all the issues raised last year,” she 
said.

“The staff are ecstatic and there has been some extremely hard work from fully-dedicated staff and governors, while support from parents has all contributed.

“The atmosphere here is great, everyone is extremely happy.”

The Fourth Avenue school were visited by two inspectors across two days, and observed 21 lessons.

Like all schools, they were given minimal notice, receiving a phone call the day before to confirm the visit, but which was not a cause for concern, according to Emma.

“This time around the staff knew how much they had improved and wanted to show that,” she added.

“As soon as we got the call we just thought ‘brilliant’, we were very confident.”

Chair of the school governors, Sarah Betts, praised the work of Emma, saying: “Taking over from Mr Dalby in such trying times was always going to be a difficult job.

“However, she has worked tirelessly to help the school move onwards and upwards .

“The governing body are extremely pleased with the outcome of the recent inspection.”

Sarah also thanked the parents and pupils’ patience with staff at the school as they worked to turn the situation around.