Outstanding primary school is given top mark by inspectors

Henry McDonald, 8, Dan Brian, 9, Harry Brown, 7, Izzy Brown, 9, Melissa Pool, 11, Aaron Wright, 6, with headteacher John Wayland

Henry McDonald, 8, Dan Brian, 9, Harry Brown, 7, Izzy Brown, 9, Melissa Pool, 11, Aaron Wright, 6, with headteacher John Wayland

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Staff and pupils at a primary school have celebrated an outstanding result after being judged to be top of the class by education inspectors.

Grendon Primary School was graded outstanding – the highest of the four available grades – by Ofsted following a recent inspection.

The school was rated highly for its standard of teaching and the behaviour of its pupils.

The Ofsted report states: “The majority of the teaching is outstanding and it is never less than good. The same high standard is achieved in all key stages.

“Work is well-matched to pupils’ abilities in every lesson and teachers know the levels achieved by pupils in their classes and groups well.

“This is because there are very strong systems for assessment of learning, for example the pupil profile.

“Teachers make lessons enjoyable. One pupil said that the best thing about the school was ‘the classrooms, because teachers put a lot of effort into them. They make it different every time’.

“Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is consistently outstanding because the school’s high expectations are made clear through the curriculum and adults in the school have consistently high expectations of the pupils.

“Pupils have a strong belief that they will be able to learn readily at school, and they play their part well, unhesitatingly engaging in lessons and with other opportunities offered. Consequently, attendance is consistently high.

“Governors are very well informed and bring a wide range of experience to their work. They have an ambitious vision for the school.”

Headteacher John Wayland said: “Strong teamwork is a recurring theme throughout the report. I know that there are an awful lot of people who are incredibly proud of the school and of their part in its success.

“We are the first primary school in Northamptonshire to be graded ‘outstanding’ under the new inspection framework and, after a pause for celebration, we will continue to build on the school’s success.”

Cllr Andrew Grant, portfolio holder for education at Northamptonshire County Council, said: “To improve from good to outstanding under a toughened up inspection regime is truly remarkable.”