Shirebrook school is top of the class

STAFF and pupils at Shirebrook’s Park Junior School are celebrating after receiving a glowing report from education watchdog Ofsted.

The Orchard Close school was found to be ‘good with outstanding features’ after its latest inspection.

Delighted headteacher Steve Hewitt-Richards said the report reflected the hard work of staff and governors at the school, which is now a federation between infants and juniors.

He said: “We are all very proud of the report which reflects the hard work and dedication of the team here in the school.

“I have been headteacher here at the Park Junior School for nearly nine years and continue to be amazed by the passion, dedication and hard work of the staff, governors and pupils within the school.”

Report highlights included:

l Pupils made an outstanding contribution to the school community and were very keen to help each other.

l Youngsters enjoyed school and worked with a smile, received visitors with pride and gained pleasure from doing their best.

l Pupils’ behaviour was good and the school provided an exceptional range of opportunities designed to help pupils keep fit and healthy.

The report says: “Currently, pupils are reaching levels of attainment that are similar to those expected for their age and all groups of pupils are making good progress.”

Ofsted also said the school was outstanding for the way it cared for and supported pupils.

In total it achieved three outstanding grades, 22 good grades and two satisfactory.

Added Mr Hewitt: “We are all celebrating the school’s continued success and look forward to a bright and exciting future, working together as one happy team as part of the new federation with the neighbouring infant school.”

But the report said the school needed to improve pupils’ progress in mathematics, especially for those with special educational needs and disabilities.

It said staff could do this by ensuring good use of resources, helping pupils to be actively engaged in learning and ensuring lesson introductions were short enough to give pupils time to practice.