Ofsted hail ‘outstanding’ Harrogate school

Headteacher Elizabeth Robson (centre back) with staff and pupils of Oatlands Community Infant School.

Headteacher Elizabeth Robson (centre back) with staff and pupils of Oatlands Community Infant School.

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Oatlands Community Infant School has maintained its ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating.

The Hookstone Road school, which has 228 pupils, received ‘outstanding’ ratings for each of the four Ofsted criteria.

It is the highest rating offered by the inspectors, and matches the rating of the school’s last full inspection, in 2008.

Headteacher Elizabeth Robson said: “The main thing the inspectors laid out in 2008 was we had to improve boys writing.

“All children have made progress with their writing since then, and the inspector was very pleased with the work being done in the early years.”

Ofsted highlighted pupil attainment at the end of Year 2 as ‘exceptionally high’, and noted that teaching and pupil behaviour are outstanding.

The report read: “School leaders and managers have relentlessly pursued improvements in teaching.”

Mrs Robson told the Harrogate Advertiser: “Every year we review what is working and where we feel we could be doing better.

“We take into account parents’ views, and that is how we keep moving on. We have to focus on the work we do with children.”

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