Kirkby school’s Ofsted success

Children of Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School celebrated their recent Good OFSTED report, headteacher Ruth Maddison is pictured with the children
Children of Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School celebrated their recent Good OFSTED report, headteacher Ruth Maddison is pictured with the children

Staff and pupils at a Kirkby school are jumping for joy after a positive Ofsted report.

Inspectors visited Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School and nursery and said the school was ‘outstanding’ in some areas, and overall it achieved ‘good’ status.

Lead inspector Michael Appleby, stated in the report: “Pupils make good progress and achieve well from their different starting points.

“Teachers’ clear explanations and effective questioning ensure that all pupils learn well.”

He added that children in nursery and reception classes make ‘rapid’ progress in acquiring knowledge and skills in all areas of learning.

He said: “This is due to the outstanding provision.”

Mr Appleby said the inspiration and drive of the headteacher and effective senior leadership team have ensured that teaching is consistently good and in some year groups is outstanding.

To improve and become an ‘outstanding’ school the report said improvements in mathematics were needed.

Mr Appleby said: “Sometimes, in mathematics, teachers do not match work closely enough to pupils’ abilities and so they find work too easy or too hard.”

Headteacher Ruth Maddison said she was delighted with the report.

She said: “We were delighted that they recognised the outstanding behaviour and safety of our children and the outstanding provision in our Foundation Stage. They described the school as vibrant and spoke of the inspirational and highly effective leadership from senior leaders and governors.

“I am extremely proud of our children, who eagerly engage in learning and in developing deep values by which to live. I have an outstanding staff team who work tirelessly to provide exciting learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. They are totally committed to the profound personal development of all our children. The Governing Body are ambitious for the school and provide excellent support and challenge. Our parents are very supportive of the school in so many ways and I am extremely grateful for all they do as we work together for the benefit of our children.”

She said the school were continually looking for ways to improve and are working on areas highlighted by the inspectors.