Ofsted success for South Kirkby school

Stockingate Mill school, South Kirkby, get awarded a good Ofsted.'Picture: Pupils celebrate the good Ofsted news.'h315b440
Stockingate Mill school, South Kirkby, get awarded a good Ofsted.'Picture: Pupils celebrate the good Ofsted news.'h315b440
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Staff and pupils at a South Kirkby school that was told it needed to improve just two years ago are celebrating after a successful Ofsted inspection.

The latest Ofsted report found that Stockingate Mill Junior School is a good school which has made fast progress since the previous inspection.

It recognised that school bosses had brought about improvement at a fast pace since the previous inspection, resulting in pupils making good or better progress in reading and writing in all classes.

It also praised the school for pupils’ behaviour and achievements and the school’s high expectations to ensure that most pupils work hard.

Ofsted inspector Henry Moreton said: “Pupils enjoy coming to school. They all wear their full school uniform with much pride and look very smart.

“All groups, including disadvantaged pupils, disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make good progress from their different starting points.

“Pupils of all ages are well prepared for life in modern Britain including through the ‘values’ programme that is a regular feature of weekly learning.

“The quality of teaching is good across the school.

“As a result of good leadership, reading and writing are taught well and this is reflected in pupils’ progress in these subjects, which is good in writing and outstanding in reading.

“All teachers are wholeheartedly embracing the drive for improvement and, as a result, the school has a good capacity to progress further.”

Head teacher Samantha Travis said: “The improvement in students’ achievements is the result of our determination to strengthen our learning and teaching and to have a clear vision going forward.

“Our teachers have high expectations and are ambitious for pupils achievement. “Staff, students, parents and everybody at Stockingate Mill have worked incredibly hard to make the improvements that Ofsted have recognised. They all deserve huge congratulations.

“We’re now ambitious to build on our strengths on our journey towards being an outstanding school.”