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Malcolm Sargent Primary School in Stamford rated good by Ofsted inspectors

An ambitious curriculum and a positive attitude to learning impressed visitors to Stamford's biggest primary school.

Ofsted inspectors rated Malcolm Sargent Primary School as good across the board following their two-day visit.

The school maintained its previous overall rating which takes into account the quality of education, pupil behaviour, personal development, leadership, early years provision and overall effectiveness.


Lead inspector Helen Williams said: "Pupils at this school receive a good standard of education and staff have high expectations of what they can achieve."

The inspection team found the majority of pupils to be polite with a positive attitude to learning, but felt some pupils became distracted because the work did not challenge them enough.

They also praised the "ambitious curriculum" for maths, music, art and personal, social and health education but felt the lessons in history, geography and design technology did not meet the same standards.

The report said: "Leaders need to ensure that teachers know how to use the school’s curriculum plans to develop pupils’ subject-specific knowledge."

Other highlights from the inspection include a strong curriculum for early years reading and a good level of support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

The report said: "Teachers check what pupils know so they can spot when pupils need more support. 'Pick me up’ sessions provide pupils with extra help before or after a lesson which helps pupils to take part and achieve well."

The school also has strong systems in place to keep children safe and a meet and greet system which makes staff available at the beginning of the school day to meet pupils, parents and carers.

The report said: "Staff can deal with any concerns quickly, helping pupils to come into school ready to learn."

In order to improve further, the school has been asked to encourage disadvantaged pupils to get more involved in extra-curricular activities "to provide them with the same breadth of opportunities as non-disadvantaged pupils".

The report is based on a two-day visit to the school in Empingham Road which took place at the end of October.

The most recent inspection before that took place in September 2018 when the school was also rated as good overall.

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