18/02/08 – Ofsted delights Nythe Primary
First printed in the Swindon Advertiser, 18th Feb 2008
A SCHOOL is proving so successful that pupils don’t want to go home, according to a glowing Ofsted report.
Nythe Primary School in Nylands Road, which fought the threat of closure six years ago, has been rated a good school with some outstanding elements.
The report even quoted parents who claimed their children would go to school on a weekend if they could.
Headteacher Caroline Henham said: “For us it’s about continuing to move to even better standards than we currently are so that we offer the children the best possible experience in our hands.
“Children get one chance at primary school and, if you can get it right, they go on to secondary school with good foundations to build on.”
The school had only a matter of days to prepare for the one-day reduced tariff inspection in December, which is used for schools where there is less cause for concern.
Each school is rated as outstanding, good, satisfactory or inadequate in various areas.
Despite this pressure, the school impressed, particularly with its dedication to fulfilling the Every Child Matters assessment criteria.
This monitors children’s awareness of how to stay safe and healthy, their enjoyment and achievement, economic wellbeing and positive contribution to the community.
Mrs Henham, who joined the school at Easter 2006, said she was “absolutely delighted” though not completely surprised by the success.
“We thought we were doing well, and now we have Ofsted rubber stamping that,” she said.
“It was recognising that the school was well led and well managed and there was outstanding vision and energy.”
The school has been causing a stir with its Saturday Academy, where parents can bring their children in for breakfast and activity-based lessons.
“It’s about engaging parents in learning alongside their children,” said Mrs Henham.
The success of the scheme has encouraged many parents to sign up to adult classes.
“When you have a change in headteacher, you anticipate changes, but you have to have staff that are prepared to make that happen – the teaching was considered good to outstanding.”
Cllr Glenn Smith
|Well done Nythe Primary School, what a fantastic job. I know the head, teachers and governors have done a fantastic job of making Nythe a great school to send your children to.|