New team is doing a ‘good’ job says Ofsted

Mackie Hill school good ofsted report.
Mackie Hill school good ofsted report.

A ‘small school with a big heart’ has impressed Ofsted inspectors.

Mackie Hill J&I School was judged to be good across the board, following an inspection by the education watchdog last month.

Headteacher Maxine Barker said she was delighted with the report, which came with high praise for the school’s new leadership team, which has been in charge since September when the previous team retired.

Inspectors observed 23 lessons and had meetings with Year 6 pupils, representatives fro the governing body, senior staff and a local authority representative.

They also took into account comments from parents, one of which said the school was ‘small with a big heart.’

The report said: “There have been considerable changes in staffing since the last inspection, including that of the recently appointed headteacher, who provides caring, effective and visionary leadership. In a very short time she has built a strong team, which is fully committed to her clear direction.”

Inspectors said pupils behaved well and showed respect for themselves and others, adding: “Pupils are proud of their school. Their good behaviour and positive attitudes make a strong contribution to their successful learning.”

The report also said newly appointed teachers had brought new strengths to the school that had added to the overall quality of teaching, and inspectors judged the standard of teaching to be mostly good with some that was outstanding.

It added; “Most children start school with skills that are below those typically expected for their age. They very quickly develop their understanding in all areas of learning because they experience a wide range of exciting, well-planned activities, which take good account of their individual needs.”

Young children were found to make excellent progress in their understanding of letters and sounds owing to “very effective teaching”.

The governors were also highlighted among the school’s strengths. Inspectors said they had a very good understanding of the school’s strengths and where it needs to improve.

Mrs Barker said: “It is such a positive report. We are delighted with it and it bodes really well for the new staff and shows how proud pupils are of us.”

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