School improvement noted by inspectors

142019'Wheatcroft head Jenny Hartley ,front,celebrates the Ofsted report with the pupils and staff'Picture by Neil Silk'14/05/14
142019'Wheatcroft head Jenny Hartley ,front,celebrates the Ofsted report with the pupils and staff'Picture by Neil Silk'14/05/14

A Scarborough primary school has been judged to be “outstanding” for the behaviour and safety of its pupils.

Wheatcroft Community Primary School, on Holbeck Hill, has been visited by inspectors from Ofsted, the government’s schools watchdog, just 16 months after they found the school to be “requiring improvement.”

However they now find it to be “good” on all other fronts, including in achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management.

The Ofsted report states that: “The exceptionally rich and varied curriculum makes full use of sport and high-quality music provision to promote pupils’ enjoyment of learning.”

It also states that: “Behaviour is outstanding both in lessons and around the school. Pupils are polite, work hard and bubble with enthusiasm.”

Chair of governors Chris Baxter said: “This excellent result has been achieved through the determination and dedication of the head teacher, teachers, all of the support staff and of course the pupils, their parents and the governing body who are all committed to making Wheatcroft an outstanding school. Well done!”

The Ofsted inspectors found that for the school was not outstanding, among other things, because lower-attaining pupils in Key Stage One make a slow start with reading and do not gain a wide vocabulary quickly enough. Also, senior leaders have yet to check in depth how effective the teaching of phonics is.

But Head teacher Jenny Hartley was praised in the report for creating “a happy and purposeful school” in which “pupils describe their days as ‘packed full of experiences and life-long lessons.’”

She said: “The report is a real celebration of all the wonderful practice at the school.

“We are particularly pleased that inspectors judged behaviour and safety of pupils as outstanding and said that we are well on the way towards being an outstanding school.”

Inspectors visited the school on 24 and 25 April this year,

Meanwhile, on the Ofsted website Parentview, 100 per cent of parents who gave their views either strongly agreed or agreed that their child was happy at the school. All parents said they would recommend the school.