Celebrating improvement

MHDE-09-12-11 OFSTED DEC31 (1)'Barby Primary School, have received a good ofsted report.'Pictured are Jasmine Cunningham ( 9 ), Harry Norton ( 11 ) & Oliver Starling ( 9 )
MHDE-09-12-11 OFSTED DEC31 (1)'Barby Primary School, have received a good ofsted report.'Pictured are Jasmine Cunningham ( 9 ), Harry Norton ( 11 ) & Oliver Starling ( 9 )

BARBY Primary School is celebrating after achieving a ‘good’ rating from government inspectors.

The school’s latest Ofsted report says it is good with several outstanding features, marking an improvement on the ‘satisfactory’ rating awarded in 2009.

Headteacher Angela Tilston said: “It has been brilliant for us to get this mark. It has been particularly pleasing given that we had some new members of staff the week of the Ofsted inspection so they were really thrown in at the deep end but they all responded very well.”

“We were very close to getting a good grade last time. There have been some changes to the way schools are judged so it is even harder to get a good grade.”

Among the areas revealed as outstanding by Ofsted were the extent pupils feel safe, the school’s contribution to the wider community, engaging with parents and carers and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Mrs Tilston added: “What has been particularly pleasing is Ofsted recognising the pupils have a healthy lifestyle.They eat healthily at school and we make sure they have plenty of PE lessons so they get plenty of exercise.

“The inspector was also pleased with the engaging with parents and carers which is rare for a school to get outstanding for.

The next aim for the school is to increase the number of pupils in the school and work towards getting an outstanding in the next report, the highest grade available from Ofsted.

The report stated: “This is a good school and it’s improving.

“It is a harmonious community where pupils are exceptionally well cared for and their contribution valued.

“The school’s many positive features combine to engage pupils well and support their good progress and behaviour in lessons and around the school.”