Bourne Westfield Primary Academy is outstanding!

Staff and pupils celebrate the Ofsted report success at Bourne Westfield Academy
Staff and pupils celebrate the Ofsted report success at Bourne Westfield Academy
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A headteacher has praised the hard work of her staff and pupils after her school jumped two ratings in its latest Ofsted report.

Inspectors visited Bourne Westfield Primary Academy in May and gave the school an outstanding rating.

The grade is cause for celebration on its own. But headteacher Elaine Radley was particularly thrilled as just 18 months ago she was told by inspectors her school required improvement.

Speaking this week, she said: “It’s an excellent report. After the last report, which was eight weeks after I took over, we have worked really hard and so have the children, who have been absolutely amazing. It’s a real accolade.”

Inspectors were full of praise for all aspects of the school. They said pupils made outstanding progress from “very varied starting points”, reaching standards which were “on track to be well-above average this year”.

The report said teaching had improved “considerably” and teachers made sure all pupils were motivated and inspired by their work.

Pupils’ behaviour was praised. Inspectors said they showed “great maturity and confidence in lessons”.

And the report highlighted the work of Mrs Radley and her staff.

It said they had “brought about major improvements in teaching and achievement since the last inspection”.

Inspectors advised the school to make sure the level of challenge offered to pupils remained high so even higher standards could be reached. They also recommended experienced staff members shared their expertise with their less-experienced colleagues.

Westfield was rated outstanding in 2008 before dropping to requires improvement status in November 2011. Mrs Radley put a number of initiatives in place to try to return to an outstanding rating after she was appointed.

This has included guided reading with pupils and sharing expertise with other schools. Two teachers even travelled to Finland to research different ways of teaching maths.

Mrs Radley said: “We have worked very closely with staff. The team has been so fully on board with everything.

“Given the amount of change they have had to undertake that real team spirit has been phenomenal.”

Mrs Radley said staff and pupils could be proud of their hard work. But she is eager to ensure the school does not stand still.

She said: “We will never rest on our laurels because education doesn’t stand still. There is always time to reflect and think ‘did I do that right?’ And that’s what we will continue to do.”