1st November 2018
The Grimsby primary school was ranked in the top one per cent in the country in last year’s key Stage 2 results for the progress its pupils make across reading, writing and maths.
A top inspector has visited a Grimsby school to celebrate the success of its staff and pupils.
Cathryn Kirby, Ofsted’s regional director for the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, toured Ormiston South Parade Academy with Ofsted inspector Mark Evans and Nick Hudson, chief executive of the Ormiston Academies Trust.
The school was ranked in the top one per cent nationwide in last year’s Key Stage 2 results for the progress its pupils make across reading, writing and maths and this year, achieved results 20 per cent above the national figure for reading, writing and maths combined.
The group visited different year groups, spoke with pupils and staff and watched a singing performance by pupils.
During the visit, Ms Kirby and Mr Evans also met with key members of the academy’s leadership team including executive principal Jane Nolan, who was recently named Headteacher of the Year at the TES Schools Awards, and head of school Kate Robinson, who has also been recognised nationally for her work, recently attending a Downing Street reception for outstanding teachers.
The group discussed the academy’s strategy for success and how it seeks to make a difference through its motto “Believe in yourself”, as well as curriculum design and delivery to develop every child and ensure they make the best possible progress.
Ms Kirby, said: “I was really pleased to be able to visit the school because I wanted to see in person the remarkable achievement by Jane and her excellent team of teachers in turning the school around. The dedication of school leaders and teachers have made sure that children at this school are making very good progress and achieving well across the curriculum. This, combined with a rich and varied programme of extra-curricular activities, has ensured that all children, regardless of their background, develop into confident, articulate and well-rounded individuals. Jane became one of our Ofsted inspectors for the region in 2017 and I’m delighted that she was recently named as Headteacher of the Year at the TES Schools Awards 2018.”
Miss Nolan also serves as the Ormiston Academies Trust’s primaries development co-ordinator, supporting its growing network of primary academies to share best practice and embed the trust’s ethos of enrichment.
She is also a member of the National Head Teacher Reference Group, working closely with the Department for Education.
Ormiston South Parade Academy was the trust’s first sponsored primary academy when it opened in October 2012.
The academy was rated “Good” by Ofsted in its first inspection in July 2016 and has since gone from strength to strength.
Its success has also been recognised with other awards and accolades, as Miss Nolan won a silver Pearson Teaching Award for Headteacher of the Year (primary school), while the academy won the School of the Year – Making a Difference prize.
Miss Nolan said: “We were delighted to welcome Cathryn and Mark to Ormiston South Parade to see first-hand how our inspiring curriculum and strong focus on enrichment is ensuring that all pupils are given the opportunities and support needed to achieve their full potential, in line with our motto ‘Believe in Yourself’. I am continuing to use my knowledge and experience in my role as an Ofsted inspector, to ensure that other schools are delivering the high-quality education for young people.”
Mr Hudson said: “I would like to thank Cathryn and Mark for taking the time to visit Ormiston South Parade Academy. The academy truly exemplifies the success of Ormiston Academies Trust’s vision and values. Jane and her fantastic team have demonstrated what can be achieved by working hard to raise the aspirations, broaden the horizons and nurture the talents of every child, so that they make the best possible progress, regardless of their background or starting points.”
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