Schools celebrate ‘good’ times after ticking all the right boxes

East Ayton School gain a great Ofsted result with Head Teacher Ian Fleming celebrating with pupils.Picture Richard Ponter 131317
East Ayton School gain a great Ofsted result with Head Teacher Ian Fleming celebrating with pupils.Picture Richard Ponter 131317

Staff at two Scarborough schools are celebrating after receiving “good” reports from the official inspecting body Ofsted.

East Ayton Community Primary School and Brompton Hall School were both the subject of inspections during the Spring term.

While Brompton Hall retained its Good status, East Ayton Primary School saw its rating increase from Satisfactory to Good.

Ian Fleming, headteacher at East Ayton, said the outcome of “this very successful report” is the result of “continuous dedication and hard work” from all the staff at the school.

He said: “The school enjoys a very friendly and happy learning environment, where we work hard, play hard, and care for one another, and this ethos is shared by the children, staff and governors alike.

“Everyone has worked extremely hard since the previous inspection, and as a result of all that hard work the school has been judged to be good in all four areas of the inspection process.”

Inspectors judged the school, which has 174 pupils on the roll, on four key areas; the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils and the leadership and management.

Speaking in the report about why East Ayton has been classed as a Good school, the inspectors said: “In this improving school, pupils make good progress in all subjects and reach standards that are above those nationally expected by the time they leave school.

“Pupils’ behaviour is good and often exemplary. They feel safe and secure from any threats of bullying.”

The Ofsted inspectors were also impressed with the educational offering at Brompton Hall School, which is residential school for boys aged eight to 16, who have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

They found that “excellent relationships between staff and pupils and effective teamwork by all staff are helping pupils to learn confidently,” and that “consistent approaches are helping pupils to learn and to manage their behaviour”.

Brompton Hall headteacher Mark Mihkelson said: “The report was fantastic recognition for the hard work and dedication of all at the school.

“The staff at the school are excellent and the boys have worked very hard. There is a real commitment to work together to learn and to move forward.

“We have also worked with and been supported by parents, governors, the Local Authority and many support agencies that have helped in shaping the overall provision the school can put in place.

“This report is particularly good as the inspection was carried out to the new Ofsted framework that is particularly tough and challenging.

“In fact I think that it fair to say that the school is significantly better in almost every aspect than it was in 2006 when Ofsted rated the school as outstanding. We are aware that there are still areas that can be strengthened and we will continue to work to provide the best outcomes possible for the boys who attend the school.”

The Ofsted report said “The school has a “supportive and friendly atmosphere in lessons that encourages pupils to learn well.”