Friarage’s joy as inspectors rate school as ‘good’

143910'Pupils and staff celebrate the good ofsted at Friarage School'Picture by Neil Silk'23/09/14

143910'Pupils and staff celebrate the good ofsted at Friarage School'Picture by Neil Silk'23/09/14

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Pupils at Friarage County Primary School say their school is like “one big family”, according to Ofsted inspectors in their latest report.

The school has been rated as “Good” and inspectors said that pupils enjoy their learning and make good progress.

The report also highlighted the fact that the teaching of mathematics and reading have become increasing strengths.

“Pupils benefit from thoughtful daily teaching that hones their mental calculation skills, and regular opportunities to read to each other and to adults,” inspectors stated.

The curriculum has been developed to provide “first-hand, interesting experiences in the locality with visits to Scarborough Castle, the Heritage museum and lifeboat institution” as well as broadening pupils’ horizons with links to other schools in other countries and a year six trip to London. After-school activities such as the film and gardening clubs also increase children’s enjoyment of school life.

The report states that although many children enter the school from a starting point “well below national expectations” the vast majority achieve well. Ofsted says teachers are “conscientious and committed”, have high expectations, plan learning well and enjoy positive relationships so that pupils are eager to learn.

Inspectors found pupils keen to show off their school, opening doors to their visitors “with a smile on their face”.