School gets good Ofsted grade four years after being in special measures

Cottingham C of E Primary School is celebrating after achieving a “good’ Ofsted report, just four years on from being placed in special measures.

Emma Tayler, who joined as headteacher just after the school went into special measures in 2010, said: “We are delighted to have made the enormous leap to become a ‘good’ school in a climate where expectations are being driven up and the framework is becoming more challenging.

“This success has been down to great effort and teamwork, along with a focus on the quality of the curriculum, teaching and learning. We expect the best from our children – not just academically, but across the board.

“The emphasis we have placed on sport and music, for example, has really helped to build the children’s confidence and self belief, and this makes a real difference.

“Our Ofsted success is thanks to all the hard work of everyone in the school, but we are not complacent, we will keep working to become an outstanding school.”

The Ofsted report acknowledged that the school had greatly improved over the past three years under the leadership of the new head.