Turnditch is top of class - Oftsed school report

NBENBE120309a1, Turnditch primary school outstanding ofsted report. Infant and foundation class.
NBENBE120309a1, Turnditch primary school outstanding ofsted report. Infant and foundation class.

STAFF and pupils at Turnditch CE (Aided) Primary School are celebrating after receiving an outstanding report from Government inspectors.

The school on Ashbourne Road was inspected by Ofsted (The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) in February and won high praise.

Inspectors found that parents were “extremely happy” with the quality of education, and pupils’ attainment and attendance is well above average.

In a report the Inspector said: “Inspirational leadership and a pursuit of excellence explain rising achievement which is now outstanding.

“The excellent curriculum provides a wide variety of stimulating experiences for pupils throughout the school. Pupils enjoy their learning and take pride in their work.”

The report also reported that teaching was “consistently good and much is outstanding”, pupils are “punctual, behave exceptionally well and work and play together in a mature and sensible manner” and “highly skilled teaching assistants provide excellent support for disabled pupils and those with special educational needs.”

The report added: “A well-structured maths curriculum has resulted in rapid improvements over recent years.

“The thorough monitoring of pupils’ progress and continuous development of staff has led to a steady rise in pupil achievement.

“The school promotes spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development very strongly.

“Parents and carers speak exceptionally highly of the school and head teacher and praise the ‘family atmosphere’ of the school.”

The inspector said for the school to develop even further it should improve pupils’ cultural development, providing them with first-hand experiences of other cultures and faiths.

Head teacher Mark Mallender said: “We are all delighted that the school has received such a fantastic report. This is a reflection of all the hard work from staff, pupils and parents and I would like to thank everyone for their contribution and enthusiasm.”

Chairman of governors Ian Phillips said: “We will continue to build on our many strengths to maintain the high quality of education to all our children.”