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Three schools celebrating after Ofsted reports

By Matthew Growcott | Oakengates | Ofsted reports | Published:

Schools across Telford borough are celebrating their latest Ofsted reports.

Pupils from Millbrook Primary celebrate after their school’s inspection

Telford Priory School in New Road, Wrockwardine Wood; Leegomery's Millbrook Primary School and Hillcrest Shifnal School were inspected recently.

After merging from two special measure schools in 2015, Telford Priory School has now moved out of special measures and is now rated as requiring improvement.

Stacey Jordan, the schools headteacher, said: "I am delighted that Oftsed have recognised the significant improvements which we have made, for example in attendance and teaching, following the merger in 2015 and that this important milestone has been reached.

"My team and I appreciate that we are still in the middle of our school improvement journey, and that there are key points which we are, of course, continuing to address and strengthen.

"Some of our priorities continue to be on improving consistency within the school and our work with vulnerable groups of students. However, we are happy that Ofsted have recognised the better progress which students are making and our determination to succeed.

"I am so proud to be the head of this school and am excited about this next phase of our journey."

Hillcrest Shifnal School was rated good in all areas.

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Ofsted praised new head teacher David Coles saying, “The recently appointed head teacher has brought about many positive changes to the school’s work,” and “Leaders have improved the quality of the school’s curriculum."

Praise was also given for pupil's behaviour and teaching standards.

Mr Coles said: “From my first day in the role I had a positive vision for the school and I couldn’t be more proud of everyone here for their commitment to each young person and in the developments that have been made that will be beneficial to us all.

“It has been a great team effort and we look forward to the bright future ahead of us all at the school. May the fantastic work continue.”

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Sam Millward, operations manager, said: “This overall rating is absolutely fantastic and is a true reflection of the values and attitudes of every single member at the school who have had a part to play in achieving this brilliant result. A huge well done to all of you.”

Millbrook Primary School was praised for its “sense of optimistic purpose” and “culture of aspiration”.

Leadership was described as “capable, energetic, objective and ambitious” and pupils were said to enjoy school.

There was special praise for safeguarding at Millbrook.

“The school’s procedures for keeping pupils safe are excellent," inspectors said.

"Every routine and course of action has been well thought through and informed by up-to-date training.”

A pupil-led safety squad made up of two pupils from each year group was also praised.

Those chosen for the task wear bright green sweatshirts so they are easy to spot and pupils can go to them if they are upset, worried or scared.

The report said some pupils miss too much school for no good reason, but added that pastoral and inclusion staff are “very much on the case”. Staff said additional steps are currently being taken to further improve attendance.

The school said another key priority was to continue to develop home-school links so that parents have a better understanding of how their children learn and how to help them at home.

Matthew Growcott

By Matthew Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

Shropshire Star reporter

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