Hogsthorpe celebrate fantastic achievement

Hogsthorpe Primary Academy is celebrating after a report by Ofsted praised the school’s successes and commented that many people described the academy as “a family”.

The school inspection body found Hogsthorpe to be good, with some outstanding features, and recognised the progress that children make when they go to the academy.

Karin Nicholls, Headteacher, said that she was delighted by the report.

“This is a fantastic achievement. It was great to hear the inspectors confirm what we already thought, that we have some outstanding teaching, a committed governing body and that staff work well together so every child pupil achieves their best.

“The one thing that we are most pleased about is the comments that Ofsted made about our students. They said that: “pupils are very happy, exceptionally polite and very caring towards one another.” One of the things that we pride ourselves on is the nurturing environment we offer here, and it is great Ofsted saw this too.”

Other areas that the inspectors commented on, include:

  • The headteacher provides inspirational leadership and is supported exceptionally well by her very capable teachers.
  • Governors provide a strong steer for the long- term development of the academy.
  • Children make rapid progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage because they are nurtured and inspired.
  • All staff have high expectations for pupils’ academic and personal development and are enthusiastic and skilled in teaching mixed-age classes.
  • Pupils of all abilities make good progress in preparation for the next stage in their learning. They enjoy taking part in stimulating activities inside and outside.
  • The academy promotes a strong sense of community. Hence, pupils develop an equally strong sense of belonging. They feel safe, happy and secure.

Wendy Marshall, Chief Executive of the David Ross Education Trust, who the school joined in September 2012, said: “Schools like Hogsthorpe sometimes do not get the recognition or praise that they deserve.

“Smaller rural schools play a vital role in their local communities, but running them has a very unique set of challenges. For Hogsthorpe to consistently provide a strong learning environment is a fantastic testament to the staff and pupils at the school, and highlights why the Trust believes it is so important that we do everything we can to ensure the long term future of schools such as this.

“DRET is committed to securing the future of community schools and looks forward to continuing to working with Hogsthorpe and the community it so effectively serves.”