“A good school where all pupils are helped to make good progress” was the verdict of Ofsted inspectors on Thurlby Primary School.
The 197-pupil school of four to 11 year olds, which was inspected over two days, was given a “good” rating for its overall effectiveness – achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management.
In their report the inspectors said: “The quality of teaching is good and occasionally outstanding and ensures that all groups of pupils achieve well, pupils’ good attitudes and behaviour contribute well to the school’s calm learning atmosphere, and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good.”
The inspectors, who also found children with special educational needs made good progress through well-focused individual support, concluded: “Children feel safe, secure and happy in school and parents agreed their children enjoyed attending Thurlby.”
Headteacher Graham Clegg said he was very pleased that the report had recognised the “high level of achievement attained by our children and the care provided by staff to maintain their welfare and safety”.
He said: “It was particularly rewarding that the Ofsted team identified the school as a happy place for children to attend and that from an early stage they demonstrate positive attitudes to learning.”
To improve further inspectors recommended: teacher explanations in lessons should be shortened; and pupil marking should consistently provide guidance.
Mr Clegg said: “Almost all the recommendations made by the Ofsted team had already been identified by us and were integral to the schools strategic development plan prior to their visit.
“The inspection provided us with reassurance that the school is moving forward in the right direction.”