Top marks for Rainworth’s Lake View Primary School

STAFF and pupils at Rainworth’s Lake View Primary School are celebrating this week after getting a thumbs up from Ofsted inspectors.

The Rainworth Water Road school, which caters for pupils aged 3-11, was given an overall rating of ‘good’ from the Government’s education watchdog.

Inspectors gave particular praise to pupils for applying themselves well and engaging deeply with their work and school staff were also singled out for ensuring that teaching topics are interesting and relevant.

“Pupils show thoughtfulness and consideration to others and good behaviour makes a major contribution to the effectiveness of their learning,” said inspectors.

“Staff have high expectations of pupils and they reinforce these consistently through routines and procedures which pupils understand well.

“The curriculum provides well for the development of core skills and there are effective links between subjects.

“For example, pupils have opportunities to practise writing in many different subjects, not just English.

“In lessons, pupils make good progress because tasks are matched well to their needs and keep them busy.”

Teachers were also praised for their use of visual aids and ‘hands-on’ activities to clarify and enliven their explanations and pupils enjoy opportunities to explore ideas in pairs or groups before starting to write.

“Pupils are very well known as individuals and promotion of their self-worth and confidence is of central importance,” the report added.

“Parents and carers and the pupils themselves speak highly of the care and support which the school provides.”

The report also said that attainment could be raised in English and maths by improving marking of pupils’ work and ensuring all students know their individual targets and understand clearly what they need to do to reach these targets.

Dr Jackie Moulton, chairman of governors, said: “We are very proud of the achievements of our pupils and staff.”