DETERMINED leadership and good achievement by pupils has seen a city junior school leap up to a ‘good’ rating.
Newbridge Junior School in New Road, North End, had been rated ‘satisfactory’ by Ofsted.
But following an inspection in September, it praised the school saying the majority of pupils behave well and that the quality of teaching is good.
The report also said that the headteacher’s strong management skills have proven effective in the way the school is run.
Headteacher Claire Stevens said: ‘We were thrilled by the report but it did evaluate what we already knew about our school – that we are a good school and we do our best.
‘I think what was absolutely outstanding was the inspectors noted the contribution that the children made to the school and the fact that they are well behaved, polite and helpful.
‘The staff have worked tremendously hard not just this year but over the past few years to make sure that the achievement of the school is good. It says that everything that we do here contributes to how the school is.
‘The children and the staff work together for a good outcome.’
And Mrs Stevens praised the pupils at the school.
‘They are the most fantastic children,’ she said. ‘They come in every day with a smile on their faces. There are times they are difficult but that’s life.
‘They are just absolutely delightful and a credit to their parents and the school.’
She said she is confident the school will continue to improve.
‘We are already on a journey towards outstanding. There is no reason to suggest that anything will stop us achieving outstanding.’
Inspectors said to become an ‘outstanding’ school, the quality of teaching needs to be strengthened. And they added that pupils’ achievement needs to be raised by providing a greater range of activities to build on their ability to build up new words and by increasing opportunities to use the school library.
Gerry Oldfield, chair of governors at the school, added: ‘It’s an absolute pleasure to be the chair of governors. The Ofsted inspectors praised the determined and inspirational leadership of the head. That’s the reality.
‘We have got a really good management system here that drives progress. We have got a happy school led by a very happy head. It’s really good.’