Greenhead CE Primary School celebrates ‘Good’ Ofsted status


In June, this small, rural school in our Diocese achieved the second best Ofsted rating, ‘Good’, following a rigorous two-day inspection by an experienced Ofsted inspector.

The Ofsted report, published on 30 June, rates the school ‘Good’ in all key areas, noting that ‘Lessons are carefully planned to capture pupils’ interest… as a result, pupils learn well and make good progress.’ Alongside the high academic expectations, the report praised the school for being ‘a caring community [that gives pupils] a strong sense of belonging… Pupils are kind and considerate to one another, and are always ready to offer a helping hand.’

What the pupils said:
They say they are proud of their school, and enjoy the calm school environment. They say there is no bullying and that no one is treated unkindly. They feel safe, particularly as they have had visits from the police to help them understand how to keep themselves safe, including when using the internet and mobile technology.

Headteacher's comment:
A driving force for improvement has been the new executive headteacher, Mrs Sarah Hutchinson, whose ‘quiet determination to improve the school is both impressive and successful. She knows exactly what the school needs to do in order to improve further.’

Mrs Hutchinson said ‘I am so proud that the combined hard work of staff, children, governors and parents, as well as many other stakeholders has been recognised so positively. This report forms the basis for even greater improvement, and I am confident the school will remain one of the best in the area for years to come.’

Governors' opinion:
In addition, the governors were praised for providing ‘clear, strategic direction… support… and helpful challenge’, while it was noted that parents are very supportive of the school, having seen the big improvements that have been made. Chair of Governors Pippa Milburn, said: ‘I would like to thank all the pupils, their parents and the wider community for their continued support. The support of Local Authority Consultant Judith Meek and the Diocese of Newcastle have strengthened our Christian ethos, and embedded a good solid structure for teaching and learning. This is an exciting time and I feel proud and privileged to be part of the leadership team taking this school forwards.’

The final line in the report states ‘Children thrive in this setting. The approach to learning harnesses both their creativity and their inquisitive nature.’ Our warmest congratulations go to Greenhead CE Primary School, and may your success continue to grow in the future!

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