School has improved

Ryhill Junior school good ofSted report.'The whole school celebrates.'h5227a120
Ryhill Junior school good ofSted report.'The whole school celebrates.'h5227a120

A PRIMARY school has been praised for its pupils’ behaviour and the outstanding care and guidance it provides.

Ryhill J&I School was found to be good with outstanding aspects after a recent Ofsted inspection.

The rating was an improvement from the previous inspection in 2007, when the school was found to be satisfactory.

Inspector Brenda Clarke said: “This is a good school with a number of significant strengths. Parents and carers particularly appreciate the very caring environment and they say that all staff are friendly and approachable.

“This, together with the outstanding care, guidance and support that pupils receive, ensures that the overwhelming majority are happy, confident and feel very safe.

“Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary and they have a good understanding of healthy lifestyles. They especially appreciate the good curriculum, recently developed to encompass pupils’ interests, that adds excitement to their learning.”

The report said that since the previous inspection, the school has concentrated on developing pupils’ reading comprehension and awareness of letter sounds, which has enabled most pupils to make accelerated progress to attain above average standards in reading by the end of Year 6.

Ms Clarke also praised the standard of teaching and the leadership team, which she said was boosted by a change in governors.

She said: “Teaching is good and contributes significantly to pupils’ good progress. Teachers use an extensive range of learning styles and have good questioning skills that challenge pupils to think deeply about their learning.

“Teachers’ very effective behaviour management skills ensure that lessons run smoothly and that no time is wasted.

“The headteacher gives a strong steer to the school and has developed a willing, cohesive team. Staff changes have been managed effectively to ensure that the headteacher is well supported by an energetic leadership team, who bring a range of complementary skills and expertise.”

Headteacher Emma Jones said: “We were definitely pleased with the inspection. It is a huge improvement for us. We are all made up.

“It has been a long journey over the last few years but the staff, governors, pupils and parents have all pulled together.”