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Ofsted praise William Hildyard Primary School in Market Deeping

Inspectors say children at the William Hildyard primary and nursery school make ‘a flying start’.

Ofsted lavished praised on the school in Godsey Lane, Market Deeping, after an inspection, giving the school and all-round ‘good’ rating.

When last inspected in 2016, the school was told it ‘requires improvement’.

Executive Headteacher Fiona Griffiths and some of her children. (12299485)
Executive Headteacher Fiona Griffiths and some of her children. (12299485)

This time, however, they said school leadership was ‘strong’ and focused and effective leadership ‘led to considerable improvements’.

Professional development and training had improved teaching quality.

The Ofsted report continued: “Children make a flying start to school life in the early years. Good teaching and stimulating activities engage children in their learning.”

The report also said the teaching of spelling and reading was good and most children reach expected standards. Pupils feel safe and cared for well, and their behaviour is good.

Ofsted also praised the school governors for a wide range of skills helping the school’s continuous improvement.

They said: “The quality of teaching and learning is good. Teachers use consistent strategies to ensure that pupils attain well, particularly in English and mathematics.

Executive headteacher Fiona Griffiths said: “This is excellent news and reflects the hard work of the children and the dedication of staff and governors. Conversations with inspectors focused on many areas of the school’s work bordering on outstanding practice.”

Mrs Griffiths added: “The school community constantly praises the children’s achievement and celebrations are part of the school’s way of life.”

William Hildyard School says it is over-subscribed but is welcoming new children ready for a September start into its reception class.

Parents with children of nursery-age are currently being invited to visit the school as it has a few places left for a September start.

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