School reinstated with ‘good’ rating

Long Buckby Infants School, have received a good Ofsted report.
Long Buckby Infants School, have received a good Ofsted report.

Ofsted have given Long Buckby Infants school a Good rating following a period of big improvement.

The school’s rating dropped from ‘good’ to ‘satisfactory’ in its last Ofsted report in June 2011 but has now regained its good rating after being inspected in February.

The school scored a good rating across the four key areas of achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

Headteacher Sarah Dugdale said: “We had a list of areas for development and we addressed all of those issues and this is reflected in the new rating. We are really pleased to have gained this grade and I think it is a true reflection of the hard work of the staff and pupils at the school.”

Mrs Dugdale said that since the last report the criteria for gaining a ‘good’ rating had changed and it was now harder to achieve, making the rating even more significant for the school.

She said: “The results show the school has grown and I’m proud of the significant progress we have made. We are now above the national average in all areas.”

A good Ofsted rating means the school is ‘effective at delivering and provide well for all its pupils’ needs’ and that ‘pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education.’

Going forward, Mrs Dugdale hopes to maintain the school’s standard and will focus on reviewing the teaching on phonics in order to achieve a higher standard at the next inspection.