Our school is outstanding, says Ofsted

The parents knew it. The children knew it. The staff knew it. Now Ofsted knows it! Castlethorpe First School has just been judged to be an Outstanding school in their latest Ofsted report.

The report shows that 100% of pupils attained Level 2 or above in the key stage 1 reading, writing and mathematics assessments, putting the school in the top 20 per cent of schools in the country.

Headteacher Julie Baldwin received a phone call from Ofsted at lunchtime on March 5 and at 7.50am the next morning the inspector arrived at the school. He observed lessons in all year groups, looked at children’s books, heard some of the children read and talked to them about the school. He considered the views of parents from the Parent View website and met with the teaching staff and later a group of governors, as well as looking at the progress and attainment of all the children.

By the end of the inspection the inspector found that the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils and the leadership and management were all outstanding.

The highlights from the report say that:

  • Leadership is excellent,
  • The governing body is very effective
  • Staff work together to ensure that pupils get an excellent education.
  • Teaching is never less than good and much is outstanding.
  • All groups of children are supported well and make outstanding progress.
  • The curriculum is well-organised, following common themes and shared experiences
  • Behaviour is exemplary. Pupils want to learn and show respect to each other at all times.
  • Standards at the end of Year 2 are consistently well above average in reading, writing and mathematics

You can read the full report on the Ofsted website and there’s more information about the school on the school website.