Washington school celebrates good Ofsted report

Headteacher Elaine Pattison (sitting) with her deputy Nicky Westgarth and members of the school council. Photograph by FRANK REID

Headteacher Elaine Pattison (sitting) with her deputy Nicky Westgarth and members of the school council. Photograph by FRANK REID

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Hard work has paid off for a city school which has been given good grades.

Fatfield Primary School has been rated as good by Ofsted inspectors following its latest inspection.

It is amazing for the whole school

Elaine Pattison

Two years ago the Washington school was told it needed to improve and it has done just that.

Headteacher, Elaine Pattison, who joined the school in September, said: “It is amazing for the whole school, staff, parents and everyone involved with the school, to get this good rating.

“There has been an awful lot of hard work put in since the last inspection. It is nice to know all that hard work has paid off and we are all delighted.”

Ms Pattison said the school is currently in the process of becoming an academy and the aim is to keep on progressing to have outstanding features.

Inspectors said of the school, “The resolute and determined leadership of the headteacher and deputy headteacher has transformed learning in Fatfield. The school has rapidly improved because leaders and governors have rigorously and successfully tackled previous weaknesses.

“Leaders’ and governors’ ambition for excellence means the school continues to improve.

“The quality of teaching has improved and is now good, accelerating the rates of progress pupils make in their learning. Outcomes for pupils are now good and have markedly improved since the last inspection.”

The inspectors said pupils enjoy their work and tackle it with determination and enthusiasm and make good progress from their individual starting points.

They said: “As a result of good teaching, pupils learn quickly and can apply their skills across all subjects. Pupils thoroughly enjoy their work across the curriculum.”

Inspectors found the pupils to be polite, courteous and friendly. They are well behaved and have good attitudes in their lessons.

To continue improving leaders at need to ensure that the quality of teaching improves still further so that all pupils make the rapid and sustained progress needed to reach the highest standards of which they are capable.