Inspectors praise outstanding school

AN ‘OUTSTANDING’ village school has been praised by Ofsted inspectors.

Staff and pupils at South Darley are celebrating after becoming the only primary school in the area to achieve the highest possible grading from the school watchdogs.

Children are receiving a first class education according to inspectors, who commended the school, in Cross Green, for its positive atmosphere, high achievements and attainment, excellent guidance from teachers as well as pupil’s exemplary behaviour.

Headteacher Meryl Hall, said: “This provides recognition for all the hard work and dedication of the whole team here.”

She added she was delighted by the outstanding report and proud of pupils and staff.

“We were hopeful but you don’t like to count on things before they happen.

“I think it is a just award for all the staff, governors and parents that support the school,” she said.

Children completed questionnaires about their experience of South Darley which highlighted that youngsters enjoy their studies and liked coming to school.

The school’s curriculum was also praised for making lessons more exciting.

Mrs Hall said: “The curriculum is less subject orientated.

“It is more children-centred and you can see that in the children’s enthusiasm when they come to school.”

The school also encourages outdoor learning and youngsters enjoy lots of visits and trips throughout the year.

South Darley is supported by an active Parent Teacher Association, which works hard to provide social activities, such as barbecues and walks, as well as fund-raising events.

The school is among the top year nine per cent of primaries in the country judged to be ‘outstanding’ in this year’s Ofsted inspections.

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