Ravenshead school is top of the class

PUPILS and teachers at Ravenshead’s Abbey Gates Primary School are celebrating after being rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Government inspectors visited the school from 31st January to 1st February and found teaching of ‘consistently high quality’ which ensures every pupil, including those with disabilities and special educational needs, makes at least good and often excellent progress.

The findings were published this week and yesterday headteacher Kate Cumberpatch said the school was the first in Nottinghamshire to be graded as outstanding since Ofsted changed its framework.

“Ofsted has always been rigorous but there potentially could be fewer schools receiving outstanding grades in future,” she said.

“It is a real achievement and everyone got a buzz out of it. We were thrilled but also thought it was well deserved because everyone at the school works so hard.

“Staff, children and parents all work as a team and we try to make it as fun as possible.”

Abbey Gates Primary, on Vernon Crescent, has 230 pupils on its school roll aged between three and 11.

Inspectors found the school to be outstanding in all main areas and has ‘improved significantly since the last inspection’.

Their report also points to the ‘inspirational leadership’ of the headteacher and praises her teaching team and the ‘very strong leadership’ of the governing body.

Pupils are praised for their outstanding behaviour which is reflected in their excellent attitude and conduct towards lessons and around school.

“This is the result of pupils being well engaged with an excellent curriculum,” the report adds. “Pupils overwhelmingly say they feel safe in school and this is backed up unanimously by parents and carers.”

Inspectors included the comments of one parent who said: “I cannot praise Abbey Gates enough! My daughter looks forward to school every single day. Her reading, writing and mathematical skills have developed significantly since starting.”

To improve even more, the school is urged to ensure pupils make further progress in maths by assessing their progress more regularly.