Hard work pays off as Padnell Infant School is praised by Ofsted

THRILLED Padnell headteacher Michelle Petzer with pupils, from left, Mia Nevatte, Isabel Cornick, Ryan Green, Jack Bennett and Eva Price. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132596-234)
THRILLED Padnell headteacher Michelle Petzer with pupils, from left, Mia Nevatte, Isabel Cornick, Ryan Green, Jack Bennett and Eva Price. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132596-234)
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GOOD behaviour and some outstanding teaching has helped a Cowplain school to receive praise from Ofsted.

Inspectors visited Padnell Infant School and rated it as good across the board.

The report said pupils make good progress throughout the school.

Teaching is consistently good and there is some that is outstanding. Teachers have good subject knowledge and are enthusiastic.

Behaviour is good in lessons, in assemblies and around the school, and pupils are polite and courteous.

Padnell Infant headteacher Michelle Petzer said: ‘It’s fantastic. We are thrilled with the inspection. The whole team have worked incredibly hard.

‘The Ofsted report is a reflection of all the hard work that the team have put in.’

Mrs Petzer said there were a number of aspects she was most pleased with.

‘Everything that we were doing outdoors they were impressed with,’ she said. They were blown away by the way the staff use outdoors as a stimulus for learning.

‘The support from the parents and the whole school community is brilliant. It’s lovely to have the parents backing and supporting us.’

And she has praised the staff and children within the school.

‘The staff have worked very hard to get to that level,’ she said.

‘They have got a complete commitment to put the child at the centre of everything that we do. That’s our school vision.

‘The children are very good. They interacted well with the Ofsted inspectors.

‘Their behaviour is excellent.’

Now, the school will be working to improve standards even further in a bid to be graded outstanding.

Inspectors said the school needs to improve teaching so that more is outstanding.

And middle leaders need to take a more significant role in leading on school development priorities.

Mrs Petzer added: ‘It’s about engaging the children even further with their learning.

‘We started working on a coaching programme for our teachers so that we carry out lesson observations in teams so we can support each other and know what outstanding lessons look like and repeat that across the school.’