Wrenthorpe school on a roll with ‘good’ Ofsted and royal letter

Pupils at Wrenthorpe Primary School
Pupils at Wrenthorpe Primary School

A school that recently caught the Queen’s attention when pupils sent her a pair of knickers is celebrating Ofsted success.

Wrenthorpe Primary School was judged to be ‘good’ by inspectors in a report published this week.

It had previously been judged to be ‘requiring improvement’ in 2012 and ‘satisfactory’ in 2011.

The report said: “The headteacher Jane Coyle has led the school with a gentle determination since the time of the last inspection, and is ambitious that this improving school becomes better still.

“She offers teachers, pupils and parents a clear vision for the future.”

Inspectors said pupil achievement had improved significantly since the last report, and described teaching as ‘securely good’ with some that is ‘outstanding.’

The report added: “Across the school, teachers have a good knowledge of the subjects they teach. They know how to make lessons exciting .”

Inspectors praised pupil behaviour and said they settled quickly into lessons and display positive attitudes to their work.

The school’s governing body was highlighted as another strength in the report. It said: “Governors have developed robust procedures to monitor the school’s work and have set aspirational targets for improvement. They offer support and challenge in equal measure.”

Last month the school hit the headlines when pupils received a letter from Windsor Castle after sending the Queen a pair of knickers they had made after reading the book called The Queen’s Knickers, by Nicholas Allan.

The children wrote beautifully illustrated letters to Her Majesty accompanying the royal gift and received a reply saying how much she liked them.

Headteacher Jane Coyle said: “Myself and the governing body are extremely proud of all the children and staff.

“We are delighted that the school has been turned around in just 18 months.

“We are well on the way to outstanding for next time.”