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STANGROUND ST JOHN’S PRIMARY ‘A GOOD AND CONTINUALLY IMPROVING SCHOOL’ – OFSTED

Stanground St John’s CofE Primary is a ‘good and continually improving school’ according to inspectors from Ofsted.
They said the school in Peterborough – which is run by the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT) – had improved in many ways over the three years since it was last inspected.
All areas of the school – leadership and management, the quality of teaching, the behaviour of pupils, outcomes and Early Years – were rated as good.
Inspectors particularly praised headteacher Sally Williams, whom they described as a ‘strong and decisive leader’.
“The headteacher provides strong and effective leadership. Her clear vision, and commitment to ensuring that all pupils do well, helps to ensure that the school continues to improve.
“She has gained the confidence and trust of the entire school community since she joined the school in January 2015. Staff and governors share her vision for the school and her determination that all pupils will succeed,” said their report.
They added that the recently appointed deputy headteacher had settled well into the role quickly and was already complementing the headteacher’s work. “They form a strong team and share a commitment to ensuring that the school continues to improve.”
Arrangements for safeguarding were described as effective. “The headteacher has an excellent understanding of her role as the school’s designated safeguarding lead. She is deeply committed to ensuring the safety of all the pupils in the school.”
Teaching was found to be good overall and improving throughout the school. “Leaders focus well on ensuring that standards of teaching are high and that weaknesses are tackled quickly.
“High quality relationships, both between pupils and their teachers and between pupils and their classmates, are a strength of the school. Pupils feel well-supported and cared for. This helps to create happy and productive classrooms where pupils try hard, are keen to learn and make good progress,” said the report.
Teachers ensure that a strong vein of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development flows through all their teaching,” it added.
Inspectors found the early years provision was led well. “The reception teacher and the acting deputy headteacher work well together and this is ensuring that the quality of teaching in the early years continues to improve.”
Pupils in turn were highlighted for their good behaviour and attitudes to work. “Pupils behave very well. They have good attitudes to learning and work hard. They follow the instructions that they are given and low-level disruption is rare. Pupils are considerate and thoughtful towards each other,” said inspectors.
Although rated ‘good’ overall, the school was encouraged to improve the effectiveness of governance, develop the role of subject leaders and improve the effectiveness of provision for pupils with special needs and/or disabilities.
Headteacher Sally Williams said: “We are delighted to be acknowledged as a securely good school, with committed staff and wonderful pupils. We continue with our mission to aspire, empower and excel.”
DEMAT Chief Executive Andrew Read added: “This is the second time that this school has been rated as good by Ofsted since joining the Trust. The fact the school is now sustaining such high standards is testament to the hard work of staff and pupils, and the commitment and support of parents and the wider community of Stanground. I am delighted that as a Trust DEMAT is playing its part in supporting Peterborough City Council’s drive to raise educational standards across the city.”
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