Ofsted delight for Moorthorpe youngsters

Moorthorpe Primary school, South Elmsall, celebrates getting a good Ofsted report.'Pictured: Head teacher Pauline Pollard with Year 5 pupils.'h304a438
Moorthorpe Primary school, South Elmsall, celebrates getting a good Ofsted report.'Pictured: Head teacher Pauline Pollard with Year 5 pupils.'h304a438

Children and staff from a school that was in special measures just three years ago are celebrating after a successful Ofsted inspection.

The latest Ofsted report found that Moorthorpe Primary is a good school with outstanding aspects.

It recognised that pupils’ behaviour and the safety of children were outstanding and that the quality of teaching had improved since the previous inspection.

It also praised the Regent Street school for supporting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and for actively encouraging parents’ involvement.

Ofsted inspector Christine Millett said: “Pupils are keen and enjoy their learning, describing lessons as ‘fun’ saying ‘they learn something new every day.’

“The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Pupils are enthusiastic learners who like finding out about new things. This has a very positive impact upon their learning. They describe school as being ‘friendly’, ‘terrific’, ‘interesting’, ‘supportive’ and ‘fun’.

“Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is extremely well supported through the different subjects taught and extra activities.

“The leadership of the headteacher is strong. She is well supported by senior leaders and staff morale is high.

“The headteacher and senior leaders have ensured that teaching is consistently good by observing lessons, looking at pupils’ work and checking assessments of pupils’ progress over time. The governing body supports the school and holds it to account well.”

Moorthorpe Primary was placed in special measures in September 2011 after Ofsted deemed it to be inadequate.

A report at the time said children’s learning had regressed in some cases and that the school was failing to provide an acceptable standard of education.

The school was taken out of special measures in July 2012 after making considerable improvements.

Headteacher Pauline Pollard said: “Since being placed in special measures, everyone - staff, the children, parents - has worked very hard and we are absolutely thrilled with the result.

“The inspector was really pleased with our pupils and how polite and well behaved they were. I am delighted for the children that this was recognised as it reflects on how good they are, which in turn reflects on their parents and the work we have done as a school.

“Ofsted recognised what we have done to improve. We are hoping that the school will be outstanding by the next inspection.”