Ofsted report reflects hard work of staff, pupils and governors at Appleby

Date: Friday 9th November 2018

APPLEBY Primary School has received a glowing Ofsted report, with particular praise for its new headteacher, David Spruce.

An inspection of the school was carried out in October and findings were released this week, with the school continuing to be rated as “good”. This is in line with it’s previous inspection in 2014, although teaching is said to have improved.

Mr Spruce took over at the school in September and the report states that his appointment has “reinvigorated staff’s enthusiasm for teaching”.

Parents and carers also spoke about the positive impact he has had on the school in a short time.

He was praised for being highly effective in working with staff and governors to re-establish positive relationships with parents and the wider community following “an unsettled period for leadership and governance which led to a period of uncertainty for parents”.

The primary school’s leadership team was described as being “very capable” and leaders had worked effectively to tackle areas for improvement identified at the last inspection.

This included improvements in the way grammar, punctuation and spelling are taught which have had a positive impact on improving the quality of pupils’ writing.

Improvements had also been made in the teaching of phonics and, as a result, the proportion of pupils who reach the expected standard in the phonics screening check is above the national average. Regarding pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, both within school and attending the school’s resource base, “Emma’s building”, the report said staff met pupils’ needs “extremely well”. Throughout the school, pupils were said to be polite, well-mannered and caring.

Safeguarding is effective including educating pupils in online safety and ensuring pupils feel safe at the school. It added that pupils are confident that should any bullying occur, teachers would deal with it quickly.

One area identified as a “next step” for the school was to ensure pupils deepen further their subject-specific knowledge and skills in curriculum subjects other than English and maths.

Mr Spruce said: “We are thrilled with the report and its fantastic reflection of the hard work, talent and dedication of our entire staff, team and the governors and wider community of the school.

“We are really pleased that the report highlights our commitment to providing an enriching curriculum which ignites children’s learning and imagination and also refers to the fact that children thrive in our nurturing and caring community.

“During our inspection the children were the stars of our show and we are really pleased that they tell us how much they enjoy coming to school and this report is as much a reflection of their achievements as everyone else in school.”