Head teacher is praised for being the ‘catalyst for change’ at Guyhirn Primary School

Big smiles at Guyhirn Primary School which Ofsted has rated as good

Big smiles at Guyhirn Primary School which Ofsted has rated as good - Credit: Archant

A head teacher has been praised for being the catalyst for change at a school that received a glowing Ofsted report four years after it was told it had to improve.

In 2012 Guyhirn primary was handed a damning report but in 2014 Jade Betts was recruited who has turned the setting around so that it has now been applauded for being good in all areas.

Robert Greatrex, lead inspector, said that Ms Betts has improved the quality of teaching, runs a harmonious setting and has rightly earned a reputation for supporting pupils with special needs.

He also said that children were well prepared for their journey through the school years and that skilled teaching assistants made a positive contribution to learning.

Ms Betts said: “Happy children learn best. I would like to thank the children, who Ofsted describe as friendly, polite and hardworking.

“They were praised for their positive attitudes and eagerness to learn. Well done children you are all amazing!

“I would also like to thank the wonderful, hardworking staff, who are proud to work at the school and have worked as a strong team through a period of significant change.

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“Their commitment and dedication and the harmonious relationships they have with the children and their families was highlighted as a particular strength.

“I would also like to thank our governing body for their commitment and would personally like to thank Karen Milnthorpe my assistant head, who has worked tirelessly to support me in achieving this good judgement.

“The impact of our strong working partnership was noted as significant, not only for the children but for staff and families as well.

“Finally, I would like to thank all our parents and carers who responded to the online questionnaire so positively.

“Since my arrival in September 2014, parents have supported my vision and we have worked in partnership to give our children what they deserve. Thank you for your continued support.”

The Ofsted report said that the headteacher, assistant headteacher, staff and governors shared a strong determination to drive further improvement, progress was good, pupils’ well-being and mental health was at the heart of the school and pupils said they felt happy,

safe and well cared for by staff and as a result they thrive.