Ofsted: Leadership at Peterborough school praised for overseeing turnaround

Newborough Primary School head Mr Hope and some of the youngsters at the school.
Newborough Primary School head Mr Hope and some of the youngsters at the school.
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Staff and pupils at a Peterborough school are celebrating after winning praise for a stunning turnaround in performance.

Newborough Church of England Primary School, in School Road, Newborough, has been rated as “good” overall with some “outstanding” areas by Ofsted after inspectors visited some weeks ago.

That inspection came about a year after a previous inspection, which found that the 209-pupils school required improvement.

In the latest report, inspectors praised the commitment of headteacher Alex Hope to improving the school through outstanding leadership and management.

Excellent attitudes and a culture of strong values are amongst a few of the areas found to be praiseworthy.

Leadership and management, the behaviour and safety of children and early years provision were found to be outstanding.

The quality of teaching and the achievement of pupils were also praised as good.

The report stated that both of these have contributed strongly to improved rates of progress and rising attainment since the last inspection.

Inspectors found that pupils are proud of their school and are keen to take on responsibility.

They enjoy going to school and attendance is high - all highlighted as factors contributing to their good attainment. Pupils are polite and respectful, setting themselves high standards in the classroom.

Inspectors added that leadership and management of the school is outstanding because the headteacher is an inspirational leader.

His skills and expertise are complemented by those of other leaders.

Inspectors also praised the strong and highly skilled team of other leaders who are charged with the task of not only improving the quality of the curriculum, but also how effectively it is taught.

The inspectors said the school must improve teaching and accelerate pupils’ progress so achievements are exceptional.

Mr Hope said: “We are delighted with the report.

“We believe this is an accurate representation of the school and reflects the hard work we’ve all put in to achieve this.

“We’ve come a long way from where we were two years ago and we’re looking to move forward by continuing to provide a good education for the pupils.”

Councillor John Holdich, Cabinet member responsible for education, said: “To make the jump from requiring improvement to good with outstanding 
features in the Ofsted ratings in such a short time is fantastic and a huge achievement.”