Teacher is overjoyed at report

A primary school in Eastwood has been praised by Offsted inspectors after being given a notice to improve in a previous report.

Headteacher at Brookhill Leys Jacquie Sainsbury said she cried when she heard the news.

“It meant the world to me. I cried when I heard, and the governors did,” said Mrs Sainsbury.

“We were given the notice to improve just four weeks after I started in my job and I had a parent literally shake the report in my face,” she said.

“It would have been easy to leave at that point. But at the end of the day you are here for the children, and I know they can achieve.”

Offsted inspectors said that teaching in the school was good, in some cases outstanding, and behaviour of children and sense of leadership was also good.

“It’s been really nice to able to show them (Offsted) that we can do it,” said Mrs Sainsbury.

“It’s been a hard slog the last couple of years but it’s about being determined and knowing where you are going.

“The children deserve only the best education and that’s what we are passionate about.”

Inspectors said the report was a result of ‘sustained improvements in teaching and learning since the last inspection’. Pupils leave year six with an ‘above average attainment, they said.

The school fell short of an ‘outstanding’ rating because work set in some lessons is too easy for more able pupils and too hard for others, and additional adults in school are ‘not always effectively deployed’.