Ofsted inspectors give glowing report

THE FIRST Ofsted grades for a district primary school which has converted to academy status have been released.

Farndon Fields Primary School was visited by Ofsted inspectors last month and was judged to be “good” in all areas.

The school, in Argyle Park, was inspected under the latest Ofsted framework which only came into effect on September 1.

It is the first primary in the Harborough area to be inspected since obtaining academy status.

Oftsed praised the high levels of enthusiasm at the school which it said “creates a very positive climate for learning”.

It said pupils did well because of effective teaching, interesting lessons, high expectations and challenging activities for the most able as well as additional support for those who need it.

Inspectors noted that the school provides highly effective care and guidance which ensures children feel safe, behave well and achieve successfully.

The school’s leadership was described as ambitious, passionate and outward looking – and developed collaborative networks to further improve the school.

Commenting on the report, which was published on October 26, headteacher Steve Snelson said: “At a time when Ofsted has once again raised expectations and made it more challenging for schools to be judged as ‘good’, I am delighted that the hard work of the children, staff, parents and governors has been recognised in this way.

“The whole school community strives for excellence so it is wonderful that our efforts have been acknowledged in this fantastic report.

“As this is the first time the school has been inspected since becoming an academy, it is wonderful that we begin this new chapter in the school’s history with such an excellent external validation.”

The school is entering a period of expansion and development as two new classrooms are under construction to provide more pupil places which will be required as David Wilson Homes and Barratt Homes build new houses in nearby Farndon Road.

The school converted to academy status last year and is a founder member of the Harborough Collaborative Trust.

The trust is made up of Farndon Fields, Great Bowden Primary Academy, Kibworth Primary School, Meadowdale Primary School and Ridgeway Primary Academy.

The report says that to reach ‘outstanding’, the school’s improvement plan needs more detail for the governors to check how well plans are being implemented.

The inspectors said that in lessons, teachers do not always check pupils fully understand what they are learning and the work they set is occasionally too difficult for a few pupils.

Teachers’ marking does not always clearly show pupils how to improve their work and leaders do not always monitor all aspects of teaching sufficiently carefully to ensure that improvements are implemented in all classes or sustained over time, the report said.