Plaudits for school and its keen pupils

Barrowcliff school got a good Ofsted report. Joint heads Mark Rogers, left, and Dave Evans are holding it. Photo by Dave Barry 112747a
Barrowcliff school got a good Ofsted report. Joint heads Mark Rogers, left, and Dave Evans are holding it. Photo by Dave Barry 112747a
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A SCARBOROUGH school has hit the high notes after gaining an impressive Ofsted report.

Barrowcliff Junior School was rated ‘good’ by inspectors who praised its “highly-effective” learning programme.

The inspection, carried out last month, saw the school earn plaudits for its care of children and standard of education which provided a catalyst for their future development.

The school, which recently merged with Barrowcliff Nursery and Infant School, also received praise for its focus on boosting pupils’ English and maths skills.

The report said: “The school’s involvement of pupils in all aspects of its work is outstanding and as a result pupils are extremely keen to learn, behave sensibly and shoulder responsibility willingly.

“The school takes outstanding care of all its pupils, especially those whose circumstances make them potentially vulnerable.

“Pupils make outstanding progress in reading and attainment is above average by the end of Year Six.

“Teachers’ high expectations and highly-effective marking underpin pupils’ good and rapidly improving progress in writing and mathematics.”

The inspection, which was used by Ofsted bosses as a pilot scheme into a potential alternative way of assessing school’s, also highlighted innovative teaching methods for the school’s success.

It added: “An example of pupils rapidly-improving achievement in maths was seen in a Year Six lesson where pupils suggested highly-original clues for the number 180 such as three times round the clock in minutes and a similarly innovative approach to writing ensures equally good and improving progress.

“The overall quality of teaching is good, with some that is outstanding, as a result of the very effective monitoring of teaching and learning by senior leaders.”

Dave Evans, joint headteacher at the school, said he was delighted. He added: “We are very pleased with the findings of the report because it is a good one.”