Harrogate school celebrates Ofsted success

Hampsthwaite pupils and staff celebrate Ofsted success
Hampsthwaite pupils and staff celebrate Ofsted success

Hampsthwaite Church of England Primary School is celebrating after receiving an Ofsted rating of outstanding in all areas at its last inspection.

Carried out on January 22 and 23, 2014, the inspection pointed to excellent progress made by pupils in reading, writing, and maths, as well as exemplary behaviour and levels of safety throughout the school.

The report also acknowledged the school’s calmness and the pupils’ buzz of excitement when learning.

Headteacher Andrew Phoenix said: “The key thing for Ofsted now is the very tough framework, which means schools need to show years of work, not just what they did for the inspection.

“For us it was the sustained progress of the pupils, the leadership of the school, and the excellent level of teaching throughout the school that I was fortunate to inheret.

During the inspection 10 lessons and part lessons were observed, meetings with staff, parents, and pupils were carried out, and parents and staff completed questionnaires, giving the inspector an insight into their views.

“We didn’t do anything different for the inspection and the inspector got a realistic snapshot of the school,” Mr Phoenix said.

“I think an outstanding rating is the right judgement and reflects what the school has achieved over a long period.

“People always talk about the atmosphere and the ethos of the school and say it really is a genuine school family.”

The report stated: “The success of the school is a joint effort involving staff, pupils, governors, and parents.

“It is a crucial part of the village community, giving everyone associated with it a great sense of pride.”

The school held a celebration day last Friday, encompassing all the aspects contributing to its success, including a school quiz and a parent’s assembly.

Mr Phoenix added: “We will now have more of a role working with other schools, and this is an extra responsibility that is very exciting.”

The full report can be read on Ofsted’s website at www.ofsted.gov.uk.