Pupils win praise from Ofsted for doing so well

THRILLED Teacher Debbie Clarke and her class celebrate  Locks Heath Junior Ofsted      (142184-2)
THRILLED Teacher Debbie Clarke and her class celebrate Locks Heath Junior Ofsted (142184-2)

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HIGH attendance levels and fast progress in key subjects has helped one school gain a good Ofsted report.

Locks Heath Juniors has been graded good across the board with praise being given to its pupils.

The student attendance is 97 per cent, which inspectors said reflects the pupils’ love of school.

The report said senior leaders have focused on improving the quality of teaching and as a result it is good and getting better.

Pupils are making faster progress, especially in reading, writing and maths.

Headteacher Kevin Parfoot said: ‘We are pleased with it. The previous inspection was outstanding but there are quite a few schools that were inspected under the old framework. So the bar has been raised.

‘We are a good school. The inspection team recognised the school’s strengths.

‘What was pleasing for us is that bits that they said is not yet outstanding, we were working on anyway.

‘It’s a big school with a small-school feel. It’s got a strong ethos. That comes through with the behaviour of the children.’

During the inspection, the school had six teachers away on a school trip.

But Mr Parfoot added: ‘The inspection team recognised that the overall teaching was good within the school.

‘We try to give the children a range of activities and a range of experiences.

‘Our results are always above the national average. But we aren’t complacent.’

Mr Parfoot said he has a strong team.

‘The staff are absolutely brilliant. They pull together to support each other,’ he said.

‘The teachers work hard to ensure that the lessons are the best they can be.’

To become an outstanding school, Ofsted said more teaching needs to be outstanding and more pupils need to be making better than expected progress.

Mr Parfoot added: ‘We want to make sure that we challenge the children at all levels to make sure that every child gets the best possible deal, irrespective of their 

‘We would always strive to be the best that we can be.

‘We would want to be outstanding on our own terms as well as any criteria Ofsted use.’

To download the full Ofsted report, please click here.