Headteacher’s pride at Ofsted report for Earls Barton school


A headteacher has said she is ‘enormously proud’ after inspectors rated the school as good in all areas.

Ofsted has just published its report following an inspection at Earls Barton Primary School in March, saying the school is good in each of the five areas they assessed.

Earls Barton Primary School celebrating its good Ofsted report

Earls Barton Primary School celebrating its good Ofsted report

The report says leaders have managed the merger of the former infant and junior schools well, leaders are ensuring that teaching is at least good overall in all key stages, and teachers plan a curriculum that is both interesting and balanced.

And it said: “Senior leaders have a good understanding of the many strengths of the school, as well as the things that need to be further improved.”

Inspectors said pupils’ behaviour is good, attendance is consistently above the national average, and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong.

Reading was another area praised by the inspectors, who said in their report: “Teachers are extremely effective at kindling in pupils a deep and genuine love of books.

“Pupils become not only confident readers but young people who read with great enthusiasm and pleasure.”

Following the outcome of the recent inspection, headteacher Pauline Shacklady said she is proud of the school and its achievement.

She said: “We are enormously proud of the outcome of our recent Ofsted inspection.

“As headteacher of our newly amalgamated primary school I am indebted to my leadership team for helping me bring the two school communities together in such a short time and for their support and energy in driving through numerous

improvements in order to raise standards.

“All staff are to be congratulated for the way they have embraced the changes that have been necessary.

“Inspection is an intense and stressful process and I can’t thank them enough for their support and commitment to the children of this school.

“The impact of their hard work was really clear for inspectors to see in the range of children’s books that were scrutinised, as well as in the lessons observed.

“The children too really showcased our school brilliantly during the inspection speaking articulately to, and sharing their love of reading with, the inspectors.

“They were complimented on their behaviour around the school and in lessons, they are a credit to us every day.”

The report says the school has 467 pupils on its roll aged five to 11.

To read the report in full, click here