OFSTED: School praised for its rising standards

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STAFF and pupils at a primary school were celebrating today after being praised by inspectors.

STAFF and pupils at a primary school were celebrating today after being praised by inspectors.Schools watchdog Ofsted judged most aspects of Eye Primary School's work to be either good or very good.

The inspectors found that standards in maths, English, science, religious education and history "had risen significantly".

In addition, they commented: "The quality of teaching is very good."

The report also noted: "The headteacher provides very good leadership and has a clear vision for the continued development of the school."

Sandra Palmer, headteacher of the primary school, in Eyebury Road, in Eye, near Peterborough, said: "We are absolutely delighted with the report.

"So many strengths were identified, across all aspects of school life.

"All staff work very hard, and this is recognition of their commitment to continued improvement."

One of the main findings of the inspection was that the school's improvement since the last inspection, four years ago, was "very good".

Other areas which were also described as very good were the school's system for monitoring and evaluating work and the provisions for pupils with special educational needs.

The report also highlighted areas which the school could improve upon.

In particular, the inspectors said the school should offer more planned opportunities for children in Year 1, in order to develop their mathematics skills across the curriculum.

In their conclusion, the inspectors declared the school was "effective and gives good value for money".

Council bosses believe the good Ofsted report is a testament to the high standards of education in the city.

Lesley Hart, assistant director for school improvement for Peterborough City Council, said: "We welcome the positive findings of Ofsted and pay tribute to the headteacher and staff for the work they have put in to bring about these improvements."

Ofsted findings

>> Standards are above average in reading, writing, speaking and listening and science by the end of year two.

>> Curriculum for children in the reception year is very good and the children get a very good start.

>> Very good systems for monitoring and evaluating the work of the school.

>> The way in which pupils are involved in assessing their own learning is very good.

>> More planned opportunities for pupils in years one to develop their mathematics skills across the curriculum are needed.