Head's joy at Crowthorne school's Ofsted upgrade
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Delight: Hatch Ride head Tracey Frackelton and pupils are pleased with the Crowthorne school's Ofsted report.
A HEADTEACHER is delighted that her Crowthorne school has been put in the top quarter of schools in the eyes of Ofsted.
Inspectors visited Hatch Ride Primary School at the beginning of February, and issued a glowing report this week, upgrading its ranking from 'satisfactory' to 'good'.
Lead inspector Najoud Ensaff commended its positive atmosphere and said: "The school is a welcoming, happy community where pupils, staff and parents and carers support one another to create a positive learning environment."
Her report outlined that pupils behave well in lessons, which makes a strong contribution to their good learning, and that parents, teachers and staff are very supportive of the school.
"The headteacher is a well-regarded member of the community," she added. "Together with her deputy headteacher and governing body, she has gained the full support of parents and carers and school staff. Pupils' attainment has improved over the past three years and the school's performance in 2012 placed it in the top quarter of schools."
The school had previously been visited in December 2009, when inspectors said that learning and progress needed to be consistent for it to go up a rank. Tracy Frackelton, head-teacher at Hatch Ride, said: "I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised the strengths of our lovely school.
"The inspectors were particularly impressed by how courteous and hard-working the children were during their visit. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents for all their continued support and encouragement."
Recommendations made by Ms Ensaff, in order for the school to reach 'outstanding', include:
- Teachers must make clear to pupils the purpose of the lesson at the level at which they are working;
- Teachers should use assessment information to plan and teach lessons to meet pupils' abilities and needs;
- Teaching needs to be consistently strong across key stages;
- Pupils require more opportunities for extended writing or to practise their numeracy skills.