Kettering school maintains 'good' rating after Ofsted inspection

Hayfield Cross Primary School opened in September 2015 and was last inspected in 2018
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Kettering’s newest school has maintained its rating after an inspection by Ofsted.

A 2018 visit by the education watchdog judged Hayfield Cross Church of England School to be ‘good’ – and now a follow-up inspection has confirmed standards have been kept at the same level.

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Inspectors found high ‘morale’ among school leaders and that pupils were offered ‘an ambitious curriculum’ to meet their needs.

Mr RIchard Albert with pupils at Hayfield Cross CofE School/School pictureMr RIchard Albert with pupils at Hayfield Cross CofE School/School picture
Mr RIchard Albert with pupils at Hayfield Cross CofE School/School picture

Headteacher Richard Albert said: “Hayfield Cross is an incredible place to both learn and work and so we were delighted by Ofsted's positive report following their recent inspection of our school.

"The team work very hard to make the school day as fun and impactful as possible for our children and it was wonderful to read the many positive comments from the inspector and also the children and parents that reflect this.

“When an inspection report contains a comment from a parent which reads ‘this school is so much more than just a teaching environment, it is a safe, happy and nurturing sanctuary with staff who really care and go over and above every day’, it is incredibly rewarding for all involved. It was not a surprise, therefore, to read that my colleagues are equally proud to be part of the Hayfield Cross family."

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The inspector found children were taught with ‘enthusiasm and skill’ with reading and maths being key priorities. Their report said children at the school ‘feel safe and happy’, are ‘friendly and courteous’ and the pupils enjoy ‘positive relationships’ with adults.

Pupils with headteacher RIchard Albert/Hayfield Cross CofE SchoolPupils with headteacher RIchard Albert/Hayfield Cross CofE School
Pupils with headteacher RIchard Albert/Hayfield Cross CofE School

As well as academic subjects pupils have opportunities to ‘broaden their horizons’ through a range of learning experiences including sports, drama and crochet.

Inspectors gave the school pointers on how to improve – moving children on in a subject so as not to ‘limit their ability to reach the highest standards of which they are capable’ and helping some pupils understand ‘fundamental British values’.

Mr Albert said: “It truly is a privilege to work with these children and staff members each day and continue to build on the foundations laid by the school's previous headteacher, Craig Charteris, and the governing body. Whilst it was fantastic to receive the report and get the affirmation of what we already knew – that Hayfield Cross is a great school with wonderful children – we will continue working hard on our journey of improvement and growing the pioneers of the future.

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Helen Cracknell, chair of governors, said: "The governors are delighted that the school continues to be a good school. This reflects the dedication and hard work of all those who work at Hayfield Cross who live the school Christian vision and values on a daily basis."