Ofsted delight for Stevenage primary school after outstanding grade
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A Stevenage primary school has secured a prestigious ‘outstanding’ grade after its Ofsted inspection.
Round Diamond Primary School in Great Ashby Way received the best rating possible in all key areas after the inspection in June.
The inspection report, which the school received on September 4, is packed with superlatives.
Among its key findings, it states: “A combination of consistently high expectations and relentless ambition from senior leaders and governors has ensured that Round Diamond Primary is an outstanding school.
“The headteacher and deputy headteacher provide excellent leadership, and are well supported by other very able leaders. As a result, all pupils, including those who are most vulnerable, thrive in an exceptionally positive, caring and supportive environment.
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“Governors have an excellent understanding of the school’s performance. They hold leaders to account and ensure that resources are used appropriately so that pupils achieve the best they can.
“Staff receive highly effective training and support and continually reflect on their practice and ways they can further improve. This has developed their knowledge and skills to rapidly improve pupils’ outcomes.
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“Learning time is used to the full. Teaching continually engages, challenges and motivates pupils and pupils make rapid progress across a wide range of subjects.”
Headteacher Zoe Phillips who has been in post seven years, said in response to the grade: “I am very proud of the journey our school has been on for the past six years.
“Staff, governors and parents have worked together to ensure that our children meet their potential and have opportunities to enhance their spiritual, mental, social and cultural understanding.”
“All staff have shown relentless ambition, have consistently high expectations and work as an effective team to drive improvements in standards.
“Our report shows that the children’s behaviour is exemplary. They accept challenge in a climate of mutual respect, they embrace school, are active participants in all lessons, and make outstanding progress to achieve their full potential.”
The full report can be read at gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted.