Teachers are all smiles after good inspection

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A SMALL but perfectly formed school has cause for celebration after making big progress in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Gretton Primary School was rated as good after its inspection in November, up from satisfactory from its last visit.

And it was rated outstanding in a number of areas, including pupil behaviour and pupils adopting healthy lifestyles.

The inspectors told staff they were confident the school could achieve an outstanding rating in its next inspection.

The school, in Kirby Road in the village, has seven teachers and five classes.

Other areas it was praised for were the care the teachers show for the pupils, the support pupils get for personal or individual needs and the opportunities offered to contribute to the life of the school and to village life.

Inspectors said to make the school even better, it should look to improve progress in English and maths, and encourage all parents and carers to be involved in school life.

Headteacher Jane Dooley said: “We are really delighted because we have moved quite a long way and have got a new staff team. It has confirmed that we are on the right tracks.

“We were very close to outstanding and in a way it is a bit frustrating to miss out. The last report was satisfactory and we have moved forward nearly two full grades.

“I think it is down to the enthusiasm of the staff and the high quality of teachers we have got. We have quite a few new teachers and they are all keen to move the school forward. They are a really strong team.

“The inspector did say to us that if she came back next year she was in no doubt that we would have got outstanding.

“We get out and work in other schools and we will continue to do as much as we can with other schools.”

The full report is available to view at www.ofsted.org.uk.