Outstanding next aim for improving primary school

Pupils from Murrow Primary Academy with head teacher Rosie Simmonds and deputy head teacher Elaine Aldrich celebrating their success following an OFSTED inspection. The school was in special measures but has now been graded as GOOD with elements of Outstanding. A turn around for the school in just Five Terms.''Tel Mrs Simmonds 01945 700317 EMN-150105-163437009
Pupils from Murrow Primary Academy with head teacher Rosie Simmonds and deputy head teacher Elaine Aldrich celebrating their success following an OFSTED inspection. The school was in special measures but has now been graded as GOOD with elements of Outstanding. A turn around for the school in just Five Terms.''Tel Mrs Simmonds 01945 700317 EMN-150105-163437009
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A primary school headteacher has pledged to make her school ‘outstanding’ after taking it from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ in two years.

Rosie Simmonds took over at Murrow Primary School (now Murrow Primary Academy) in 2013 after it had been placed in special measures.

But the school’s troubled past is now behind it, as inspectors have given it a good rating in the latest Ofsted report.

Mrs Simmonds said the transformation was down to the sponsorship of the school by Leverington Academy. She said: “In the five terms since we became part of the trust we made outstanding improvement. I am so proud of the achievement.

“We have had excellent team-work from everyone at Leverington, staff, parents and children here.

“My deputy, Elaine Aldrich has been a big part of the success here as well - we are a real partnership.

“We always look forward, and the next step is to make the school outstanding in the next report.”

Mrs Simmonds, who is executive head at Leverington and Murrow, said the parts of the report she was most proud of were comments about children’s attendance and behaviour, and the standard of teaching in the school.

She said: “The support of the community of Murrow has been amazing. They have been behind us in every way they could have been.

“It can be a hard pill to swallow when another school takes over your communities’ school, but the parents, staff and pupils have welcomed us all with open arms.”