Rapid improvement at Herman

Posted on: December 6, 2013

Staff and students at Herman Primary School are celebrating a leap in its Ofsted rating after only two terms since the last visit.

Inspectors who visited the school on 20th and 21st November rated the school as ‘good’ in every category and said that: “the pace of improvement since the previous inspection has been very rapid.”

The school had previously been rated as ‘inadequate’, but in the latest report, Ofsted highlighted the hard work done by staff to be recognised as ‘good’: “Teaching is improving quickly due to the leaders’ strong drive for change. Pupils are challenged well in almost all lessons. As a result, almost all pupils make progress that is faster than expected.”

Leadership was also mentioned as a strong point: “Leaders at all levels are passionate about the improvement of their school. They are clear about what still needs to be done and are working successfully to improve the school further.”

Inspectors noted that: “By the end of Key Stage 2, higher proportions of pupils than the national average reach levels above those expected for their age in English and mathematics.”

Student achievement is a key strength for the school at all levels as: “the large number of pupils for whom the school receives pupil premium funding make exceptional progress. This is due to its very effective use to improve literacy and numeracy.”

Head teacher Kate Rutherford said: “I am delighted to have received this report and we are all extremely proud of it. Staff and governors have worked incredibly hard over the past few years to strengthen the school in all areas, and they deserve this fantastic result.

“We are looking forward to joining the Ormiston Academies Trust in January as a good school and with this great foundation we believe that academy status will support us to become outstanding very quickly.”

Professor Toby Salt CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust said: “The head teacher and staff at Herman Primary School have clearly done a fantastic job to get this report. This result is very well deserved and we are looking forward to working with them as a member of the Ormiston network of academies.”

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