Huge improvement for Selston’s Holly Hill school

Holly Hill Primary School celebrate their Good OFSTED inspection. Pictured l-r is Tia Watson Assistant Head, Mark Eadon Head Teacher and Leanne Steed Deputy Head.
Holly Hill Primary School celebrate their Good OFSTED inspection. Pictured l-r is Tia Watson Assistant Head, Mark Eadon Head Teacher and Leanne Steed Deputy Head.

A Selston school is celebrating after it was awarded ‘good’ in an Ofsted inspection just 18 months after being branded ‘inadequate’.

Holly Hill Primary School off Portland Road in Selston was praised by inspectors for their teaching, the behaviour of pupils and for encouraging the enthusiasm and interests of students.

The inspection on November 4 reported that: “Since the previous inspection the headteacher, senior leaders and governors have taken concerted action which has resulted in good teaching and vastly improved outcomes for pupils.”

Headteacher Mr Eadon explained that it was a lot of hard work that had turned the school around so quickly.

He added: “We have been making changes to the curriculum and pushing hard to make a difference, and staff have really pulled together.

“We have made such an improvement because we have made the changes for the kids not for Ofsted so we looked at what the children needed and provided it.”

Holly Hill is now aiming for ‘outstanding’ in their next inspection.

Mr Eadon said: “There is no point in aiming for anything less.”

In May last year, Ofsted reporters found that although the behaviour and safety of the children was good, teaching was inadequate and pupils were not making enough progress.

This was attributed partly to staffing disruption.

However, inspectors this November said that the atmosphere in the school was very calm and that a new ‘house’ system which allowed pupils to earn points for their houses encouraged good behaviour.

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