Infant school will only get better, says Ofsted chief

Ofsted at Stubbings Infant School, Hebden Bridge . Three-year-old Thomas McKee.
Ofsted at Stubbings Infant School, Hebden Bridge . Three-year-old Thomas McKee.

STUBBINGS Infant School, Hebden Bridge, is a good school that has improved well over two years and has a good capacity to be even better, say Ofsted inspectors.

Pupils are keen and enthusiastic learners who achieve well as a result of good teaching, says inspector Kathryn Gethin.

Children enter the nursery with skills below those typical of children of their age but they make good progress and enter Year 1 at levels expected of them, said Ms Gethin.

Attainment at the end of Key Stage 1 is above the national average for reading, writing and maths.

She said the head teacher, senior staff and governing body knew the school’s strengths and weaknesses and were clear about the direction the school must take and where further improvements can be made.

These include using marking more effectively to help pupils understand the next steps in their learning and how to improve their work, and help higher-attaining pupils to improve by ensuring work in books offers enough challenges to develop their thinking and comprehesnsion skills. Assistant head teacher Rachel Kirby said the report was very pleasing.

“It’s been a big boost for everybody. It shows the hard work and commitment of staff and pupils, and the support of the parents, has brought Stubbings to where it is today. We will take on points in the Ofsted report and action them so the children receive the best education.

“We are proud of our creative approach to learning. It’s a fantastic start and great we have the capacity to be better,” she said.