School is rated good

Gloria De Piero, MP spoke to children at Selston Holly Hill Primary School for their topic �SIf I Ruled The World⬝
Gloria De Piero, MP spoke to children at Selston Holly Hill Primary School for their topic �SIf I Ruled The World⬝

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

Inspectors from the education watchdog visited Holly Hill Primary and Nursery School in Selston in June this year.

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

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

They said the school was a friendly and welcoming school of which pupils, parents , carers and staff are justifiably proud.

The new headteacher has provided drive and ambition after a period of significant instability in the leadership of the school, with a leadership team working with clear vision and direction, facilitating

rapid progress focused on areas of priority.

Head teacher Leanne Stead said: ”This is a very proud moment for the whole community who support Holly Hill and the team that work here.

Everything we do at Holly Hill has the best interests of the children at heart and we’re delighted that Ofsted recognised that. We are very excited about what the future holds for our fabulous school.”

Staff work tirelessly to support those families who have a range of complex needs. Parents feel comfortable about approaching staff and consistently praised their friendliness and accessibility.

The school has high expectations of all groups of pupils and ensures that there is a consistency of approach to teaching, with a clear message that all pupils must succeed.

Pupils value the happy atmosphere and know hat teachers will always help them with their work. They enjoy the additional clubs such as book and film club and really look forward to residential visits.

There has been considerable investment in developing teachers’ subject knowledge and all staff have benefited from closer links with a number of school networks where expertise can be shared.

Writing at length has increased across a range of subjects since the last inspection.

There is a systematic monitoring cycle that highlights strengths and areas for development.

Pupils make good progress in key stage 1 but do not yet meet the nationally expected standards in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of this phase. By the time pupils leave the school at the end of key stage 2, their attainment is more in line with their peers nationally in writing and mathematics and is now improving in reading.

The significant majority of children enter the Nursery with skills in all areas of learning below, and in some areas well below, those typically found nationally. Children make good progress in nearly all areas of development.

Attendance is improving and is now close to national expectations for all groups of pupils.

The inspector said the next steps for the school leaders and those responsible for governance should be to ensure there is an increased focus on developing the physical skills needed to write well.

And making sure pupils are challenged and stretched enough to enable a greater proportion of them to achieve the highest levels of learning in reading.