Hard work pays off at school

Fitzwilliam School has been rated as good in a recent Ofsted inspection. (h601a424)
Fitzwilliam School has been rated as good in a recent Ofsted inspection. (h601a424)

Staff and pupils are celebrating after Fitzwilliam Primary School was rated ‘good’ at a recent Ofsted inspection.

Effective leadership, a wide range of activities and good teaching are among the Second Avenue school’s strong points, according to the inspectors.

Lead inspector Sharona Semlali found that pupils are serious and committed, while attendance is above average.

The Ofsted report said: “Writing has been a school focus this year. Leaders have taken effective measures to improve pupils’ spelling, grammar and punctuation.

“The quality of teaching is good. Teachers keep a close check on pupils’ work and understanding.

“They are quick to help when pupils do not understand. The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils are friendly, polite and courteous. Their attitudes to learning are good. Pupils are very serious and well-committed to the extra roles and responsibilities that they take on around the school such as litter picking. They feel that all pupils are listened to.”

The school council members are pleased that they have met with members of the governing body and have helped to improve meals at lunchtime.

“Pupils say they feel safe and feel confident that they know they can discuss any issues with any of the adults in the school.

“Attendance is above average. This is because of the high priority given to it by the headteacher, for example during assemblies, and pupils enjoy coming to school.

“The leadership and management are good.

“The headteacher’s leadership is effective; she is the main driver for raising standards and is extremely well organised. She has effectively created the school as a place to learn that is stimulating, purposeful, warm and calm.

“She ensures that the deputy headteacher, senior leaders and members of the governing body are fully involved in the focused approach to ensuring that pupils achieve well.

“The range of subjects and activities pupils experience in school effectively promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

“Pupils have the chance to develop good social skills.

“The school has established good working relationships with parents.”

Headteacher Susan Harrison said: “The governors and I are very pleased with the outcome of the Ofsted inspection. The ‘good’ result reflects all the hard work put in by the staff, students and parents to move the school forward and grow together.”