Two city schools celebrate good Ofsted reports

Published on 05 October 2017

TWO city schools are celebrating after being judged ‘good’ in their most recent Ofsted inspections.

Imperial Avenue Infant School, in Braunstone, and Spinney Hill Primary School were both previously rated by Ofsted as requiring improvement. Now, they have both been rated good in every category they were inspected in.

At Imperial Avenue Infants, inspectors said school leaders “have provided a clear focus for the rapid improvement of this school over the previous 12 months.” They said the school was improving in all areas, with assessments carried out at the end of last term showing that Year 2 pupils made above average progress.

Spinney Hill Primary was praised for having “improved significantly” since the previous inspection, with staff and governors benefitting from the “clear direction provided by the headteacher and her deputy.”  They added that “leaders have created a caring and nurturing learning environment based on mutual respect and positive relationships.”

Elizabeth Smith, headteacher at Imperial Avenue Infant School, said: “We’re delighted with the report and really pleased that Ofsted has recognised the hard work and dedication put in by everyone associated with the school to make rapid improvements. We’ll continue to work hard to improve even further.”

Catherine Stretton, headteacher at Spinney Hill Primary School, said: “This has been a real team effort and is a fantastic outcome for us – it’s great that inspectors have acknowledged the caring and respectful environment we’ve worked hard to create at Spinney Hill.”

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: “We are continuing to raise standards for schoolchildren in Leicester, with 59 of our local authority maintained primary-age schools out of 63 now rated good or outstanding. This is a great result for both of these schools, and I congratulate them on their hard work and unwavering focus on improvement.”

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