Dearne school celebrates ‘good’ Ofsted result

Staff and pupils at Heather Garth Primary School celebrate after receiving a good Ofsted report

Staff and pupils at Heather Garth Primary School celebrate after receiving a good Ofsted report

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Staff at students at a Dearne school are celebrating after achieving a good Ofsted result, following a recent inspection.

In its first inspection since being turned into an academy in 2013, Ofsted visited Heather Garth Primary Academy last month.

Inspectors said they found the school’s curriculum stimulated ‘pupils’ curiosity and assists their social, spiritual and moral development well’.

In addition, they praised the Heather Garth Primary Academy’s governors who they said were successful at placing the school at the heart of its community and developing a ‘culture of high aspiration for its pupils’.

Deputy headteacher at the school, Paddy Wright, said of the inspection: “We’re all really, really pleased that we’ve been given a good rating.

“This shows that the hard work of the staff, children, governors and parents has been valued.

“Ofsted also said the school is at the heart of the community which we’re very happy about because we work hard to make links with the community.”

Inspectors also cited the standard of teaching at the school, which currently has 222 pupils as one of the reasons for its ‘good’ rating, describing it as ‘consistent’.

Moving forwards, Ofsted said the school could work towards attaining an outstanding rating by making the objectives for improvement set by school leaders more ‘precise’.

The regulatory body also recommended improvements in the development of reading skills in Key Stage 1, and suggested the school could do more to provide opportunities for pupils to learn more about other cultures around them.