Norton Celebrate Outcome of Ofsted Inspection

23rd May 2019

Norton Celebrate Outcome of Ofsted Inspection

Norton Primary Academy judged a GOOD school, with OUTSTANDING behaviour, in a recent Ofsted inspection

The Northern Education Trust Academy has secured considerable improvements in teaching and pupils' outcomes, moving from Requires Improvement to GOOD in a recent Ofsted inspection

Pupils and staff of Norton Primary Academy, sponsored by Northern Education Trust, are celebrating the outcome of a recent Ofsted inspection as the academy has now been judged as 'good'. During the visit on 4 and 5 April 2019, inspectors recognised the considerable improvements in teaching and pupils' outcomes since the previous inspection in 2016, "secured by a strong and determined leadership team, ably supported by governors and the trust. Leaders have ensured that there is a consistent approach to teaching and learning, and as a result, outcomes for pupils are good. The Principal and Vice Principal make a formidable team, and are determined to ensure that pupils receive the very best possible start in life."

Inspectors recognised the work done to successfully tackle the areas identified at the previous inspection. Consequently, all pupils, including those with SEND, are now making good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. At the end of Key Stage 1, the proportion of pupils reaching expected standards in reading, writing and mathematics was above the national average in 2018. And for Key Stage 2 pupils, attainment had significantly improved on the previous two years, with the proportion of pupils reaching expected standards being above the national average in reading, writing and mathematics.

The report identified that strengths and areas for improvement have been identified in the early years provision, and improvements are developing quickly and successfully, saying: "children are happy, confident learners who are interested and engaged."

Inspectors stated that "the behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Behaviour in lessons and conduct around the school is exemplary, with pupils being proud of their school and their community, and having positive attitudes to learning. Pupils enjoy school and understand the importance of good attendance and punctuality … consequently, the levels of attendance are improving and the level of persistent absence has significantly reduced and is lower than the national average."

Comments from parents reinforced the findings, being supportive of the school, stating "teachers are caring and supporting towards all children, so they reach their potential. The school has an outstanding inclusive ethos."

Inspectors also noted that the "leaders' work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare is outstanding. All staff live and breathe the trust's vision 'outcomes focused, child centred' … and the strong nurturing culture ensures that support for pupils' well-being is highly effective."

Michelle Randall-Harris, Principal, said: "We are so pleased with the outcome of our recent Ofsted inspection as it recognises how far the school has come since the last inspection. Using the NORTHERN model for school improvement, we have been able to demonstrate rapid improvements across the whole school. Due the commitment and hard work of all the staff, pupils and parents we now have a 'good' school for our community. I am exceptionally proud to be Principal of this school and look forward to continuing the journey towards becoming an outstanding academy with the support of Northern Education Trust."

Jane Wilson, Deputy Chief Executive of Northern Education Trust, said "we are absolutely delighted with the 'good' judgement, which rightly recognises the determination of leaders and staff to ensure pupils make strong and sustained progress in all subjects, in a calm and caring environment where pupils mix happily together. The judgement is testimony to the efforts and commitment of all the children, staff and parents, supporting the implementation of the NORTHERN model of school improvement, which has resulted in pupils who are polite and courteous, and have positive attitudes to learning."

You can read Ofsted's report on their website.