Ash Grove J&I School headteacher Julie Davis was given the perfect leaving gift when the school received a good Ofsted inspection.
The quality of teaching, pupils’ attitude to learning and teachers’ high expectations were just some of the reasons Ofsted inspectors said the South Elmsall school had improved since being assessed as ‘requires improvement’ in 2012.
Mrs Davis, who will leave the school later this month after 14 years, said: “We’ve come an awful long way in the last 18 months and I am proud of all the children and staff at the school, who have worked so hard.
“I will miss it but I’m looking ahead to a new beginning and new challenges.”
“From my point of view it’s really good to leave the school in a position of strength and well on track for continued improvement in the future.”
“It’s an incredible achievement and it’s great that Ofsted have recognised that.”
Inspectors praised the work of Mrs Davis in their report and said she led the school with a “relentless ambition.”
The report added: “The headteacher and senior leaders have worked successfully to drive improvements in both the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement.
“The quality of teaching is good and there are now examples of outstanding practice, for example, in the Early Years Foundation Stage.”
The report also praised the school’s attendance, which it said has improved, after falling below the required level in the last report.
In order to be assessed as outstanding, inspectors said teachers needed to check pupils’ understanding thoroughly and improve the quality of marking.