Hat-trick of accolades given to a top performing school

Reception class: through their song and dance
Reception class: through their song and dance

A SCHOOL is celebrating a remarkable hat-trick after receiving top marks from three organisations.

Ofsted rated Barkisland Church of England Primary School as outstanding.

That was followed by an outstanding rating from the National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools.

And, finally, the school has achieved “Investors in Pupils” accreditation in recognition of the involvement children have in their school.

Ofsted inspectors heaped praise on staff and children saying it was a highly-effective school which provided an outstanding quality of education and it was graded outstanding in the vast majority of gradings.

“High quality teaching promotes a fast pace of learning and progress,” they said.

“Pupils’ personal development is exceptionally good in all respects and they mature into extremely sensible, considerate and responsible individuals with a full appreciation of the high quality care and support the school provides.”

The findings of the Ofsted report were backed up by SIAS which concluded: “The school’s distinctive Christian character is evident in all areas of school life. Pupils are happy, confident and secure; they enjoy school and say they feel safe.”

“Investors in Pupils” accreditation followed 18 months hard work to make sure pupils are involved in all aspects of running the school including setting their own targets and learning about budgets. Following a final assessment visit to the school the scheme’s co-ordinator concluded Barkisland has “an abundance of talented, creative and enthusiastic pupils.”

Head teacher Sue Sutton said: “Barkisland is a fantastic school which lies at the very heart of our community.

“This has been a remarkable month for us.

“These three major successes are a tribute to the hard work and talent of our pupils, parents, governors and staff. I am proud of all of them and of what we have achieved together.

“Although we have been given top rankings we are always looking for ways in which to improve and we have big plans to make this school even better for our pupils and our community in the future.”