Inspector’s praise for school after showing ‘rapid improvement’

Thorndown Primary School, in St Ives. Picture: GOOGLE

Thorndown Primary School, in St Ives. Picture: GOOGLE - Credit: Archant

Senior leaders at a primary school in St Ives have secured “rapid improvement” in the quality of teaching and results for pupils, according to a report by inspectors.

A report into Ofsted’s visit to Thorndown Primary School, in Hill Rise, was published last week and highlighted how improvements had been made across the board, including in teaching, pupil behaviour, and leadership.

The result represents a turnaround from the school’s previous inspection, conducted in 2015, in which it was rated as requiring improvement.

In a letter to parents, head teacher Vicci Godbold said: “Our whole school community is delighted and very proud that the inspectors identified so many strengths in the school, awarding a judgment of good in all areas.

“In particular, they praised the good achievement and progress of all pupils, the strength of teaching throughout the school, especially in English and maths, the behaviour of our pupils and the way in which they support and care for each other.”

Ofsted inspector Mike Capper highlighted the teamwork that had taken place between senior leaders, teachers, and governors in order to bring about the improvements seen at the school.

Mr Capper said: “The school is led exceptionally well by the head teacher. She is given good support by an able senior leadership team. They responded decisively to the outcomes of the previous inspection and have secured rapid improvement in all aspects of the school’s work.

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“Together, they have established a culture of high expectations that has helped to improve both the quality of teaching and outcomes for pupils.”

Mr Capper added that there had been a “relentless drive” for improvement over the last two years and also praised the behaviour of pupils.

He said: “Pupils are good ambassadors for the school in their attitudes towards learning and the care and kindness they show to each other. For example, pupils who join the school during the school year say that they settle so quickly because, ‘everyone is so kind and caring’.”

In order to continue raising standards, the school will need to improve the quality of pupils’ work in science, geography, and history by ensuring the subjects are “studied in sufficient detail”.