Kettering school improves in latest Ofsted inspection

Inspectors have rated Grange Primary Academy as 'good' in its first inspection since it joined a new education trust
Inspectors have rated Grange Primary Academy as 'good' in its first inspection since it joined a new education trust

Inspectors have rated a Kettering primary school as “good” in its first inspection since it joined a new education trust.

Grange Primary Academy was visited by inspectors from Ofsted last month.

In their report, they said they found it to be good overall and in each of the five individuals categories inspected – achievement, teaching, leadership, behaviour and early years education.

The inspectors said: “The academy trust, the headteacher, leaders, managers and governors are working well together to improve teaching and raise pupils’ achievement.

“Senior leaders, supported by the trust, have been rigorous in tackling past under-performance and this has been a key factor in improving teaching and raising achievement.

“The curriculum promotes pupils’ academic achievement and personal development well. A wide range of experiences enrich their learning, including trips, residential visits and musical tuition.

“Teaching is good and there are some elements that are outstanding.”

The school joined the United Learning Trust in September 2013.

Prior to that, an Ofsted report in 2012 said the school needed some improvement.

Academy headteacher Neil Aiken said: “We are very pleased with this report, which recognises the improvements we have made over the past two years.

“In particular, Ofsted note that teaching across the school is now good and give glowing feedback on the nurturing and supportive atmosphere here. The school is well-placed to continue its strong progress.”

There was also praise for United Learning, the group of schools which Grange Primary joined in September 2013.

The inspectors said: “United Learning has a very detailed knowledge of the academy’s work and makes a strong contribution to its development.”

Several areas were highlighted for Grange to improve on if it is to earn an outstanding rating in the future.

Those included setting more challenging work for the most able pupils, encouraging pupils to think for themselves more often and improving attainment in maths and English, particularly in spelling, grammar and punctuation.