Rushden school rated good in all areas after first Ofsted inspection

Rushden Primary Academy has been rated as good by Ofsted
Rushden Primary Academy has been rated as good by Ofsted

A school has been praised for the quality of its teaching and leadership following an inspection by Ofsted.

Rushden Primary Academy in Goulsbra Road is sponsored by Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT) and has been rated good in all areas following its first inspection since opening in 2015.

Principal Liza Davies

Principal Liza Davies

Inspectors said the academy’s leaders are well-supported by the trust and are ambitious as well as providing a well-organised and well-thought out curriculum for pupils.

Last year, attainment at the end of Key Stage 1 was above average, with inspectors highlighting that pupils are ‘overwhelmingly positive’ about their education.

The report said pupils also make good progress in Key Stage 2 with ‘the vast majority on track to reach their ambitious targets, set by the school’ by the time they leave the academy.

Teaching was also commended, with teachers making good use of their subject knowledge to plan lessons and learning effectively, providing ‘rich opportunities’ for pupils.

Other areas highlighted by the report included rates of pupil attendance are high and improving, bullying is very rare, disadvantaged pupils make good progress and the behaviour of pupils is good.

Liza Davies, principal of Rushden Primary Academy, said: “I am delighted that the fantastic efforts of all our brilliant pupils and staff have been recognised by Ofsted.

“Our academy prides itself on the quality of education we provide to our pupils to ensure they have the best possible start to their education.

“This Ofsted rating reflects our hard work and dedication to strive to become an outstanding academy.

“I would like to thank every member of staff, parent and the wider support in our local community for their contribution to this result.

“I would also like to thank our sponsor, Greenwood Academies Trust, for its continued support.”

Wayne Norrie, chief executive of Greenwood Academies Trust, said: “The Ofsted result commends the talent and hard work of Ms Davies and her team at Rushden Primary Academy.

“The positive and hard-working community they have created is committed to providing high-quality education to its pupils.

“Each member of staff goes above and beyond to support the children and their families.

“The academy, like our trust, is dedicated to providing a rich curriculum which prepares its pupils for successful futures.

“I am delighted to see the efforts at Rushden Primary Academy have been recognised so emphatically by Ofsted.”

Rushden Primary Academy has 197 pupils on the school roll aged four to 11.

To read the full Ofsted report following the two-day inspection in June, click here