School gets grading boost

Springbank Primary celebrate GOOD Ofsted report.
Springbank Primary celebrate GOOD Ofsted report.

An Eastwood school previously told by government inspectors that it required improvement is celebrating a glowing Ofsted report.

Springbank Primary School on Peacock Drive was rated ‘outstanding’ in two areas and ‘good’ overall in its most recent inspection by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).

In March last year, the school was warned it needed to improve in three out of the four areas inspected.

However, last month it was found that the ‘achievement of pupils’ and ‘quality of teaching’ had risen to ‘good’, and the ‘behaviour and safety of pupils’ and ‘leadership and management’ had achieved the top rating of ‘outstanding’.

Headteacher Julie Vaccari said that it had taken a lot of hard work from the teachers, governors, parents and pupils to achieve the results.

She told the Advertiser: “We are all really pleased with the inspection findings and we thank every parent for their support — this is a result of everyone working together.

“Our children are very special and it is important we continue everything we are doing.”

The report explained that pupils are performing well in the school, particularly in writing and demonstrating a postive attitude to learning.

Children in the nursery and reception classes are also making good progress as a result of imaginative teaching and a stimulating learning environment,

The school is now aiming to achieve an overall rating of ‘outstanding’ in its next inspection and is putting plans in place to ensure it succeeds.

The report highlighted the teaching and marking in maths as an area for improvement in order for the school to secure the top grading.

It stated: “Pupils have limited knowledge of authors and styles and types of writing beyond those they meet in their reading and writing

“This is because pupils do not have access to a wide range of books and the school does not actively promote reading for pleasure.”

Springbank Primary is bringing in specialist staff to help the children read at a higher level and over the next 18 months, several of the teachers from the school will be going on an ‘outstanding teacher course’.