Sandhurst school's headteacher delighted at 'good' Ofsted rating

Published: 30 Jun 2014 15:300 comments

STAFF and pupils at New Scotland Hill Primary School and Nursery are celebrating after being rated as a ‘good’ school by Ofsted.

Catherine Forrester, headteacher at New Scotland Hill Primary School.

The school, in Grampian Road, Sandhurst, was awarded an overall rating of ‘good’ following its latest inspection, which was carried out earlier this month.

Headteacher Catherine Forrester said: “We are delighted our school has been judged by the inspectorate as a good school and I would like to thank the staff, governors and children for making this inspection a success.

“We have an ongoing commitment to be even better than ‘good’. We will strive to ensure that improvements to the school continue to have a positive impact on the children’s educational experience and achievement.”

The report praised teachers for using a “wide range of approaches” which leave pupils “motivated and able to learn well”.

It said: “Pupils are well mannered and courteous and their behaviour is good. The school is a very happy place where pupils and staff care for each other. Leaders successfully ensure that pupils make good progress in all subjects throughout the school. By the end of Year 6, standards are above national averages in reading, writing, English and mathematics.”

The report highlighted areas for improvement and included recommending teachers make sure that marking helps children to clearly understand how they can improve their work.

Christine McInnes, chief officer for learning and achievement at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “This is a great result for the school and it is important to note that the grading criteria set by Ofsted has changed, making it much harder to attain a ‘good’ rating.

“The report shows that this is a successful school where pupils enjoy learning and teaching standards are good.”

Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning, added: “Ofsted’s latest inspection at New Scotland Hill Primary School and Nursery shows that teachers are inspiring pupils to do well.

“I would like to congratulate Catherine and her team for their hard work and achieving a ‘good’ Ofsted report.”

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