Schools commended by inspectors

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OFSTED has commended two primary schools which are federated under one headteacher.

Empingham Primary School and Great Casterton Primary School are headed by Clare Rowbotham and were the first in the county to join forces.

In both schools pupil behaviour; partnerships within the schools; care, guidance and support; leadership and management; quality of learning for pupils with special educational needs and attendance were rated outstanding.

The schools were inspected together in December and Mrs Rowbotham had to dash between them.

She said: “It was a challenging two days but we are delighted with the outcome.

“Our self-evaluation is accurate and we are aware of what we need to improve as well as our strengths.

“We have very committed teaching and support staff who work hard to provide the best for our children and we are extremely grateful to our parents and governing body, who support us so well.”

The strengths of the two schools working together as a federation was acknowledged in both reports.

Lead inspector at Empingham Kenneth Thomas said: “The curriculum is enriched through the school’s excellent partnerships with external providers and the sharing of expertise in the partnership.

“At the heart of all initiatives is a determination to further improve teaching and learning”

At Great Casterton, the early years foundation stage was also judged as outstanding.