School’s joy after improving to ‘good’

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STAFF are celebrating after improving in a report by education watchdogs.

Cotsford Infant School, in Cotsford Park, Horden, has been rated as “good” in its recent Ofsted inspection.

It has improved significantly since it was rated “satisfactory” during its last inspection, in 2011.

The school was rated “good” for achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

In her report, Ofsted lead inspector Ann Ashdown said: “The headteacher, governors and all staff have brought about considerable improvement in the school’s work since the last inspection. Pupils’ achievement has risen markedly and they are making faster progress.

“Pupils make good progress from starting points which are often below average when they enter the Reception class. Attainment in tests at the end of Year 2 has been above average for the last two years.”

The report highlights pupils’ good rate of progress and it also notes that in some lessons, elements of teaching are outstanding.

The report adds: “The headteacher, deputy headteacher, middle managers, governors and all staff have worked together to successfully improve the school and have good capacity to improve it further.

“They know the school’s strengths and weaknesses and have identified, through accurate self-evaluation, further ways to improve the school.”

Headteacher Rachel Cook said: “We are delighted with our ‘good’ judgement from Ofsted. Pupils’ achievement has risen markedly, they are making faster progress and attainment in tests at the end of Year 2 has been above average for the last two years.”