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Ofsted welcomes ‘turnaround’ at village school

Woodmansey Church of England Primary School has been rated as “good” following an Ofsted inspection carried out in January. The school had previously been rated as requiring improvement following a previous inspection in October 2016.

The overall rating of good included an “outstanding” grading for pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare.

The report, just published, said: “Since the last inspection, senior leaders and governors have successfully reversed a decline in the school’s performance caused by some ineffective teaching. As a result, the school is now providing its pupils with a good education.”

The report noted that following the 2016 inspection, Woodmansey Primary entered into a formal partnership with Molescroft Primary School. It said: “Governors appointed, on a secondment basis, an executive headteacher, a head of school and a part-time leader of the provision for pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities, for the period of one academic year. This alliance is being extended further, in agreement with the governing body of both schools, the local authority and the diocese.”

It noted: “Pupils spoke excitedly to the inspector about how they benefit from many opportunities to participate in interesting family learning activities, such as the recent ‘book in a box’ project. Pupils from the early years to Year 6 spoke enthusiastically about the recent international theme and how much they learned about different countries as they ‘travelled around the world’ to fill their proudly held passports. As a result of these and many similar initiatives, the school widens and enriches pupils’ experiences and enables them to become responsible, self-confident citizens.”

And it concluded: “The leadership of the executive headteacher and the head of school is instrumental in securing rapid improvement across all classes. Consequently, pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

“Teaching has improved rapidly because leaders have introduced a stimulating curriculum which successfully captures pupils’ interests and enables teachers and teaching assistants to make effective use of their extensive training.”