Whitegrove Primary praised by Ofsted inspectorsBy Hugh Fort
July 04, 2012
People living in Warfield are well served by a “good” school in the village inspectors called a “harmonious community”.
Inspectors from Ofsted visited Whitegrove Primary School in Westmorland Drive on Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25, and have graded the school as “good”.
The grading has gone down from the “outstanding” mark received at the last inspection in 2008.
However, Ofsted has been reformed since the last inspection and is now carrying out much tougher inspections of schools.
In the marking, the school received an “outstanding” grade for the behaviour and safety of children, and “good” marks in the remaining categories including quality of teaching and achievement of pupils.
The report said: “Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding.
“The school is a harmonious community where relationships between adults and pupils are warm, friendly and mutually respectful.
“Pupils concentrate in lessons and try hard.
“They feel safe and look out for each other.”
It adds pupils learn at a “brisk pace” because “challenging tasks sustain their active involvement” and that teachers use the curriculum “imaginatively”.
It says: “Teachers successfully encourage children's independence, at the same time ensuring lessons build on their prior learning.
“There is a buzz of purposeful activity in both the indoor and outdoor areas.”
The report did highlight some areas to improve, including “ironing out inconsistencies” in progress in years three and four by ensuring teaching introductions are not too long and using teaching assistants more effectively,
Headteacher Chris Reilly said: “I am very pleased.
“The inspection team has recognised recent, rapid progress,
“The staff here work extremely hard and I am very pleased that has been acknowledged.”