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Mansfield primary school celebrates good Ofsted report

Mr Barker, of Dronfield, was found dead on his boat in North Wales.
Mr Barker, of Dronfield, was found dead on his boat in North Wales.

Staff and pupils at a Mansfield primary school are celebrating after it was been rated Good by Ofsted inspectors.

Inspectors from the education watchdog visited Holly Primary School in Forest Town in March this year.

The visit was the first short inspection carried out since the school was judged to be good in June 2014.

Inspectors said The leadership team led by head teacher Duncan White has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

They said the school is led very well, managed very effectively and organised efficiently. It is, justifiably, very popular with and held in high regard by parents and carers.

The pupils make good progress over the course of their time at the school. Their progress in mathematics is particularly strong, including in the early years.

Inspector Clive Moss said she support, training and various other opportunities that the staff have received have helped to secure notable improvements in the quality of teaching.

He added: “You have, for example, improved the ways in which the teachers assess the pupils’ work. The teachers now ensure that the guidance and feedback given to the pupils has a clear impact on the pupils’ learning.

The report said staff know the pupils well as individuals and have a good understanding of specific things that hold back some.

The school tailors the support for individuals who need additional help with their learning. The pupils are supported well in lessons.

Leaders should ensure pupils are as able to identify and to correct errors in their writing as they are in mathematics

Boys should develop the confidence and the skills to be able to express their views verbally to the best of their abilities.

Provision for pupils who speak English as an additional language should reflect the best practice in supporting their learning needs.

Head teacher Duncan White said: “I am really pleased that the dedication of staff, the enthusiasm of the children and the support from our parent group have all been recognised in this very positive and uplifting report.

“As a school we recognise how hard everyone works and this report highlights this.”