School shows great progress for Ofsted

A GLOWING Ofsted report has put a school back on track, just a few years after it faced the possibility of closure.

Inspectors visited Stoney Middleton Primary and said it was “making good progress”, achieving the second highest rating possible in all areas.

The outcome is far cry from six years go when a lack of pupils sparked fears of closure.

Headteacher Jacqueline Menzies-Conacher said: “Staff and governors have worked extremely hard to continue to improve the quality of education on offer and I’m happy this has been reflected in our report.

“The inspector has noted we are continuing to make progress and this is our aim, so we can build on our successes.

“We pride ourselves on our good teaching and caring ethos and our pupils, who are a credit to the school and the local community.

“I hope parents and the people with an interest in the work of the school will share our pleasure and continue to support the school.”

The inspectors commented that teachers had “high expectations”, and overall found Stoney Middleton be a good and improving school.

A partnership was formed last year and Mrs Menzies-Conacher splits her time between Stoney Middleton and Bishop Pursglove Primary School in Tideswell, where she is also the headteacher.

Between 2005 and 2008 the number of pupils had fallen from 28 to 17. Today there are still just 14 pupils, but the future is looking brighter.

Cllr Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “It may be small in pupil numbers but the effort that is put in to provide the high quality of education that is offered is huge.

“This is an amazing achievement for a school which was earmarked for closure in 2006.

“This positive report is the reward that staff, pupils and parents deserve and I congratulate them.

“Their success is shared by the community that they play such a part in and I wish them well in their ambitious plans for the future.”

Cllr Longden urged parents in and around the village with children approaching schooling age, to show their support by sending them to Stoney Middleton Primary.