Peterborough primary school making rapid progress

Leighton Primary School has been given a good Ofsted report

Leighton Primary School has been given a good Ofsted report

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A Peterborough primary school has been praised for making rapid progress as it improved to a ‘good’ Ofsted rating following its latest inspection.

Inspectors visited Leighton Primary School in Orton Malborne at the end of the last academic year and rated it ‘good’ in all of the five areas that are assessed – leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and early years provision.

The latest report marks a dramatic turnaround at the school which was told by Ofsted that it ‘requires improvement’ in July 2013.

The report said: “The headteacher, with good support from senior leaders and governors, is providing strong leadership in making rapid improvements. Together, they have raised pupils’ achievement since the previous inspection by improving the quality of teaching. Links with parents have been strengthened and the school continues to improve.”

Councillor John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council and cabinet member for education, skills and university, said: “To see such rapid progress being made at Leighton Primary School is testament to the hard work and dedication of pupils, the headteacher, her staff and the governors.

“I have no doubt the school will continue to improve and it is another fine example of the improving standard of education in Peterborough, with 85 per cent of our schools currently judged ‘good’ or better by Ofsted.”

Inspectors found that parents were fully supportive of the schools work and the links between home and school learning strengthened.

The report said: “Leaders have successfully addressed the causes of previous underachievement. Most pupils, in all year groups, are now making good progress and are well-prepared for secondary education.”

Ofsted also said pupils behave well around the school and in lessons, praising them for arriving punctually and being well prepared for lessons.

The report also acknowledged the council knows the school well through frequent visits and provides good levels of support and challenge, regularly reviewing the impact of the school’s work on pupils’ achievement and provides training and support for staff and governors.

Headteacher Hayley Sutton said: “It is a fantastic achievement for the school. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the staff, governors, parents and most importantly the children without whom it would not be possible to achieve such high standards.

“I am particularly proud of the children’s exemplary behaviour and their attitudes towards learning to allow us to rapidly make this step back up.

“The school enjoys a strong relationship with the city council and I would like thank the council for its support as we moved up to the good grading in all areas.

“I now look forward to maintaining this progress as we strive to help pupils to achieve their very best in all areas.”