Diamond Hall still sparkles

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A PRIMARY school has been given the thumbs up from an education watchdog.

Ofsted has dubbed Diamond Hall Infant School as good overall.

In their report into the Well Street school, the inspectors added: “It is not yet outstanding because too few pupils are attaining at the highest levels, particularly in writing at the end of Key Stage 1.

“Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a clear strength of the school.

“As a result, pupils develop into considerate, well behaved and caring individuals, who feel safe and clearly demonstrate the school’s key values which include perseverance, respect and kindness.”

The inspectors said most children enter Diamond Hall with skills and abilities well below those expected for their age, but make good progress.

The report said: “The school has worked with success to ensure that boys, disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, and those for whom English is an additional language, make the same good progress as their peers.

“The quality of teaching is mainly good, with some that is outstanding.

“All staff have high expectations of the children and use their in-depth subject knowledge to challenge children effectively in the classroom.”

The school needs to improve pupils’ progress and attainment in writing by the end of Key Stage 1.