School’s delight at good Ofsted report

Irthlingborough Junior School headteacher Susan Drake and school captains and school council members celebrating their 'Good' Ofsted report

Irthlingborough Junior School headteacher Susan Drake and school captains and school council members celebrating their 'Good' Ofsted report

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An Irthlingborough school is celebrating after scoring a “good” mark in every category of its latest Ofsted inspection.

Irthlingborough Junior School headteacher Susan Drake said she was delighted with the report, which praised the level of teaching at the school.

Good Ofsted :Irthlingborough: Irthlingborough Junior School Headteacher Susan Drake and school captains and school council members celebrating their 'Good' Ofsted report .'Tuesday 7th May 2013

Good Ofsted :Irthlingborough: Irthlingborough Junior School Headteacher Susan Drake and school captains and school council members celebrating their 'Good' Ofsted report .'Tuesday 7th May 2013

The school, on College Street, was inspected over two days this year, on March 19 and March 20, and the report stated: “Most pupils achieve well because teaching is usually good and, on occasions, outstanding.”

Commenting on the report Mrs Drake said: “We are incredibly proud of our report which highlights how well the children achieve and behaviour at our school.

“Our staff and governors have worked tirelessly to ensure that all children enjoy their education and the challenges of learning.”

The school achieved “good” marks in all the areas tested - the achievement of its pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management. The report also said the pupils’ progress in reading was excellent and attendance was above average.

Mrs Drake said she felt the environment the school has tried to create is the reason for the good attendance.

She added: “I do believe we are a happy school, and we try to make it a nice environment for pupils. The above average attendance shows that our pupils want to be at school, which we are delighted about.”

She added that the school is now looking to build on its success and will try its hardest to gain an “outstanding” mark in the next inspection.

The report said the school was not yet outstanding because “attainment and progress in mathematics is not as good as it is in English in most year groups”.

However, Mrs Drake said the school is already working to improve this.

The school was joined in celebrating its achievement by the MP for Corby and East Northants, Andy Sawford, who visited staff and students on Friday, May 3.

Mr Sawford said it was important to note the achievements and hard work of the school.