Berwick first school praised by inspectors

Holy Trinity First School in Berwick is a special place where staff go the extra mile to ensure children flourish, says Ofsted.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 27 July, 2018, 07:00
Holy Trinity First School in Berwick.

The schools inspectorate made the comment in a letter to the school following a recent short inspection to validate its ‘good’ rating.

It praised the school’s exciting and challenging curriculum, strong community links and pupils’ attainment, which is continually above national averages.

Inspector Anne Humble also paid tribute to headteacher Dawn Groves’s vision, saying: ‘Very specific praise and comments from staff, pupils and parents focused on your skills and dedication.’

The letter also makes reference to effective safeguarding procedures, excellent attendance and the school’s performance in the phonics screening test which ranked it in the top 10 per cent of schools nationally. It said governors challenged and supported leaders and monitored the school’s work effectively.

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The school was visited in June for a short Section 8 inspection under the new Ofsted framework introduced in 2015. The one-day inspections are reserved for schools which were previously judged to be good to ensure standards have been maintained. Following the visit, the inspector writes to the headteacher and a copy of the letter is published on the Ofsted website.

The letter said the school had successfully addressed the recommendations made after the full inspection in March 2014, and good progress had been made on other areas for improvement which the school had since identified, such as boys’ attainment in writing which was not exceptional when compared to girls, who excelled in writing tasks.

Ms Humble proposed two next steps for the school – to focus on diminishing differences in outcomes and to raise boys’ achievement, especially in writing, so that they catch up with the very high standards achieved by other pupils in the school.