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Village school praised for its improvements

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

  • From left, Ewan Sutcliffe aged eight, headteacher Anne Lockey, Lily Salt, aged seven, and Joe Ford, aged five..

  • Celebrating Waterhouses Primary School being named a 'good' school by Ofsted inspectors are l-r: Ewan Sutcliffe aged 8, headteacher Anne Lockey, Lily Salt aged 7 and Joe Ford aged 5.

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A VILLAGE school has shown major improvements by moving from 'satisfactory' to 'good' following an Ofsted inspection.

Waterhouses Primary School has achieved its latest rating in all four criteria's inspected.

Inspectors observed the achievement of pupils; quality of teaching; behaviour and safety of pupils; and leadership and management.

Lead inspector Joan McKenna said in her report: "This is a good school. At the end of Key Stage 1, pupil attainment has gone from being significantly below the national average in 2011 to significantly above in 2013.

"Pupils of all ages achieve well. The very large majority make at least expected progress and a considerable proportion do even better.

"Teaching is good overall and ensures that pupils achieve well.

"Teaching assistants make a valuable contribution to pupils' learning.

"The headteacher's drive and determination are key to the school's improvement and success. She has a strategic and systematic approach to building on the school's strengths and tackling areas that could do better. She is also developing other leaders well."

The school, which has 73 pupils, is also praised for its above average attendance record.

Headteacher Anne Lockey said: "It is testimony to all the hard work of the pupils, staff and governors over the past two years and well deserved.

"The report acknowledges the excellent progress and learning that pupils make here, their excellent behaviour and enthusiasm for learning.

"The children are a credit to the school and we are very proud of their achievements.

"We are confident the school will continue to go from strength to strength in the future."

To become outstanding inspectors said that the school needs to improve the quality of teaching to be consistently good or better, so that it ensures all pupils learn and achieve equally well in all lessons by ensuring that:

* Teachers use information about pupils' progress to make sure that work is at the right level of challenge for all.

* Teachers take additional steps in lessons tohelp those for whom there are gaps between them and other pupils;

* Ensure handwriting and the presentation of work in all subjects are of a high standard.

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