Celebration after Manea school is rated 'good' by Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 13:04 06 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:04 06 November 2015

Manea Community Primary school, Good Ofsted.  Left: Sarah Eastol, Chair of Governors. Nicky Froggatt, Head Teacher. Lisa Stevens, Deputy Head. Picture: Steve Williams.

Manea Community Primary school, Good Ofsted. Left: Sarah Eastol, Chair of Governors. Nicky Froggatt, Head Teacher. Lisa Stevens, Deputy Head. Picture: Steve Williams.

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Staff are celebrating at Manea Community Primary after inspectors praised them for going from a school that needed improvement to now rated as 'good'.

The only reason it was not rated outstanding, Ofsted said, was because not all of the teachers move the pupils on to harder work quickly enough in mathematics and not rigorous enough in measuring the impact of their work on improving pupil progress.

Nicky Froggatt, head teacher, said: “We are especially pleased that the inspectors recognised our strengths and the hard work of the whole team - the children, the parents, the governing body, teachers, teaching assistants, office staff, site staff, support staff and volunteers.

“The new school grading of ‘good’ is recognition of all the achievements of the school over the past four years and certainly since our last inspection in September 2013.

“To receive this grade is such a team effort and recognises everyone’s strengths which is super for the whole school.”

Manea Community Primary school, Good Ofsted. Picture: Steve Williams.Manea Community Primary school, Good Ofsted. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ofsted inspector Caroline Pardy said pupils made good progress throughout the school and standards have improved, especially in reading and writing.

She said there was: “strong, determined and ambitious leadership by the head teacher, supported by the deputy head teacher,” which has effectively improved teaching and is raising pupils’ achievement.

“Early years provision is outstanding because children learn in a nurturing environment.

“They make rapid progress and enter Year 1 with above average achievement,” she said.

Manea Community Primary school, Good Ofsted. Picture: Steve Williams.Manea Community Primary school, Good Ofsted. Picture: Steve Williams.

A snapshot of parents showed that the school was well led and managed, the report says, and attendance, which was below the national average in the last inspection, has now improved up to national average levels.

Mrs Froggatt said: “It is difficult to name colleagues without leaving someone out, however I must mention my sincere gratitude to our chair of governors Sarah Eastol who has worked unstintingly in support of all the children for many years and Mrs Stevens for her outstanding work and leadership and especially in her support of me.”

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