Delight after Rathen School achieves outstanding report

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The head teacher, pupils, staff and parents of Rathen Primary School are celebrating this week following publication of an excellent HMIe report following an inspection of the school.

The report, published last week, followed an inspection of the school in March.

It stated: “Children are highly motivated, confident and engaged in their learning. Standards of attainment have improved steadily in recent years and almost all children attain appropriate national levels in reading, writing and mathematics.

“A significant number achieve these levels earlier than might normally be expected. The ethos and spirit of team working within the school is outstanding.”

Commenting on the report, head teacher, Alison Chatfield, who was described by the inspector as an ‘outstanding leader’, said: “We are delighted with the very positive inspection report.

“It is encouraging that the dedication and commitment of the staff and the achievements of the pupils have been recognised and commended by the inspection team.

“I would like to thank the staff for their hard work and the parents and wider community for their support.”

The Inspection team identified the following key strengths:

Children’s enthusiasm, confidence as learners and contribution to school improvement.

Attainment and achievement in english language and mathematics.

The excellent teamwork and commitment of all staff in providing a caring and stimulating environment for learning.

Innovative approaches to working in partnership with other local schools.

The significant contribution of parents, partners and the wider community to the life and work of the school.

The outstanding leadership of the headteacher.

No follow on inspection is required and as a result of the inspection team being able to rely upon the school’s robust self evaluation, the inspectors were able to change the focus during the inspection to support further improvements within the scho, recommending the further development of children’s leadership skills by providing them with more opportunities to take responsibility for their learning as an area for improvement.