Outstanding Ofsted at school where there’s a “buzz about learning”

Outstanding Ofsted at school where there’s a “buzz about learning”

By Adele Forrest | 28/09/2018

Outstanding Ofsted at school where there’s a “buzz about learning”
Principal Cathryn Keeton is pictured with pupils from various classes.

CHILDREN and staff are celebrating after their primary school was rated outstanding in all areas by Government inspectors, who said there was a “real buzz about learning”.

Springwood Junior Academy, on Aughton Lane, Aston, received the highest accolade for its effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, outcomes for pupils and early years provision, following a two-day inspection.

Lead inspector, James Reid, said: “The principal provides exceptional and dynamic leadership. She inspires staff to aim high and provide the best for every pupil.

“Leadership at all levels is highly effective. Senior and middle leaders give strong support in the drive for excellence. They check unerringly to ensure that teaching of the highest quality enables all pupils to make strides in their learning.

“Governors make sure that they keep their finger on the pulse of school effectiveness by seeing the school’s work at first-hand. 

“They provide measured and supportive challenge to leaders. Together with trust members, they have the highest ambitions for the school and its pupils.”

He added: “The 2017 outcomes for pupils in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of key stage 2 were extremely high. 

“Progress in reading, writing and mathematics was in the top two per cent nationally.

“Disadvantaged pupils make strong progress in this school.”

During Springwood’s first inspection since converting to an academy in 2015, Mr Reid said, there was “a real buzz about learning in this school”.

The current principal, Cathryn Keeton, took up her post in 2016, having previously served as deputy headteacher.

“Many children join the early years with abilities below those seen typically,” concluded Mr Reid.

“Precise teaching, focused on each child’s needs, means that they get off to a flying start in school.”

To further improve, the 217-pupil school has been told to develop and extend pupils’ scientific and mathematical skills and their understanding of health and diet. 

It must also deepen pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the different faiths and cultures represented in modern Britain.

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