‘Good’ school is getting better as years go by

MHDE-09-12-11 OFSTED DEC31 (2)'Barby Primary School, have received a good ofsted report.'Pictured are Jasmine Cunningham ( 9 ), Harry Norton ( 11 ) & Oliver Starling ( 9 )

MHDE-09-12-11 OFSTED DEC31 (2)'Barby Primary School, have received a good ofsted report.'Pictured are Jasmine Cunningham ( 9 ), Harry Norton ( 11 ) & Oliver Starling ( 9 )

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BARBY Primary School is on the up after being judged ‘good’ by a government inspector.

In a report written by Ofsted and released earlier this month, the school was described as good with several outstanding features.

It is an improvement on the previous inspection in 2009 which had judged the school to be ‘satisfactory’ on a four-point scale ranging from ‘poor’ to ‘outstanding’.

Headteacher Angela Tilston said: “It has been brilliant for us to get this mark.

“It has been particularly pleasing given that we had some new members of staff the week of the Ofsted inspection so they were really thrown in at the deep end, but they all responded very well. We were very close to getting a good grade last time.

“There have been some changes to the way schools are judged so it is even harder to get a good grade.”

Among the areas said to be outstanding by Ofsted were the extent pupils feel safe, the school’s contribution to the wider community, engaging with parents and carers and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Mrs Tilston added: “What has been particularly pleasing is Ofsted recognising the pupils have a healthy lifestyle.

“They eat healthily at school and we make sure they have plenty of PE lessons so they get plenty of exercise.

“The inspector was also pleased with the engaging with parents and carers, which is rare for a school to get ‘outstanding’ for.”

The next aim for the school is to increase the number of pupils in the school and work towards being rated outstanding in the next report.

The report stated: “This is a good school and it is improving.

“It is a harmonious community where pupils are exceptionally well cared for and their contribution valued.

“The school’s many positive features combine to engage pupils well and support their good progress and behaviour in lessons and around the school.”