Shining report from Ofsted inspectors

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IT’S all smiles at Flakefleet Primary School thanks to the findings of Osfted inspectors in their latest report.

The 400-strong pupil school has, in headteacher Mike Barnes’ words, ‘improved 100 times over’ since the Ofsted report two years ago.

Inspectors found the school, in Northfleet Avenue, had made good progress, strengthening in many areas whilst maintaining good standards throughout.

Mr Barnes said: “We are really, really pleased with it .

“It showed that hard work from staff and pupils has paid off, it really is excellent.

“The inspectors said there was a lovely atmosphere in the school as well, which we are proud of.”

The overall effectiveness of the school scored a two – which means it’s a good school.

In the report it told how parents and carers are right to value the education their children are getting at Flakefleet.

One set of parents told them that since their daughter had started at Flakefleet, she had come on leaps and bounds, growing in confidence.

Similar comments were made throughout the report.

One important attribute to the school was the attainment of pupils at Year Six when they leave for high school.

The report said it was steadily rising reflecting good progress throughout the primary years.

It was also noted that pupils do well because of good and sometimes outstanding teaching through an ‘engaging curriculum’.

Other key points included:

> Pupils enjoyed lessons because teachers made them fun.

> The school’s curriculum had many strengths. The use of ICT was particularly strong, with a wide range of good quality resources that were used imaginatively.

> Team work was strong because of the dedicated work of all the whole school.

Flakefleet has recently enjoyed a Lowry Day in which pupils studied the work of Salford artist L.S. Lowry and they are now looking forward to their latest project – Dark Day, an exercise in which they will try and use no electricity in the school for a full day.

It’s all part of an idea by the school’s eco-group.