A primary school in Shropshire received a glowing reference from Ofsted inspectors, prompting staff to say it is ‘bucking the national trend’.
Crowmoor Primary School, in Crowmere Road, Shrewsbury, has been judged ‘good’ across all areas by inspectors and ‘outstanding’ in its support of vulnerable pupils. The results come since changes to inspections introduced in September 2012 made it tougher for schools.
The Ofsted report states that ‘determined leadership from the headteacher has brought about significant improvement since the last inspection. The quality of teaching throughout the school has improved’.
It says ‘by the time they leave the school, pupils have very positive attitudes to learning. They speak with great enthusiasm about their school’.
Headteacher Alan Parkhurst said: “At a time when more schools than ever are failing to meet the toughened new criteria being used by Ofsted in inspections, we’re delighted to have emphatically bucked the trend when we were inspected at the start of February. Current staff are the strongest the school has had in many years, and as headteacher I am very lucky to have such a committed team who always do their best for the children.
“The school has moved on massively in the last five years and we’re particularly proud of the fact that Ofsted has recognised the improved performance as being exemplary at a national level, the report saying that progress from Year 2 to Year 6 was among the best in the country.”
“He added: “We have only made such accelerated progress by working with the local community, parents and Shropshire Council and we thank all of them for their part in our success.”
Councillor Cecilia Motley, cabinet member for learning and skills congrat- ulated the teachers, pupils and parents.