‘A’ is for ace early years class

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A village school in the district has been praised for its outstanding Early Years provision by Oftsed.

The commendation comes for South Kilworth Church of England Primary School in its recent Ofsted report.

The report said: “Outstanding provision in the early years is characterised by excellent relationships with parents and carers, outstanding teaching and highly effective use of all resources available to support indoor and outdoor learning.

“As a result, children settle into the reception class remarkably quickly and demonstrate a keenness to learn that sets them up very well for their journey through the school.”

The Ofsted inspector also praised the small, 77-pupil school for the behaviour of its children, saying that their attitude to learning was also “outstanding”.

“In lessons pupils concentrate totally on their work,” the report states.

The school, in Walcote Road, South Kilworth, was also lauded for its leadership, happy atmosphere and fun lessons. The inspector said the school was improving well, and its parents rightly feel that teaching is good and that their children make good progress.

Overall, the school was rated as “good”, with just two areas to improve on before becoming outstanding.

These are progress in maths, which was considered less impressive than progress in reading and writing, and insufficient opportunities for pupils to develop their problem-solving skills.

Headteacher Angela Dewes said: “We were really pleased because I think the inspector recognised the excellent work that is going on here at the school.

“It was a fair report, with a lot of very complimentary paragraphs.”

The school is also celebrating success in other areas.

Last month it was awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark for its commitment to excellence in primary science.

And one of its pupils, Abigail Brookes, won the Leicestershire County Council school recipe competition, which meant her whole class was taken on a visit to Leicester City FC’s King Power stadium for a tour of the stadium – and her recipe was served in the canteen all day.

“She had some very happy classmates,” added Mrs Dewes.