Joy at ‘remarkable’ U-turn for Grantham school

'Good' Ofsted at West Grantham Academy Spitalgate. 291D
'Good' Ofsted at West Grantham Academy Spitalgate. 291D
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A “long journey” has seen a primary school previously judged by Ofsted to be ‘inadequate’ become ‘good with outstanding features’.

The U-turn in the fortunes of West Grantham Academy Spitalgate has been celebrated by the entire school, with pupils being whisked away on day trips to mark the achievement.

It was back in May 2012 that the school, on Grantham’s Earlesfield estate, was judged as poor and placed into special measures. The Ofsted inspector found serious faults in all areas, including attainment coming in at “significantly below national averages for the last five years.”

In the latest report, published following an inspection in May, the inspector found that the school had “experienced a most remarkable turnaround in just 12 months.” Leadership and management, and quality of teaching were graded ‘outstanding’ with all other areas graded ‘good’.

School principal Zara Harrington, who has been at the helm less than a year, said: “I’ve spent the last year working very hard to make it a good school. We couldn’t have done it without people working together, teachers and parents supporting us, and the children.”

During a tour of the school, it became clear that pupils are encouraged to be creative and enjoy learning.

Ms Harrington said: “The children are very confident as individuals and we encourage them all the time to explore things.”

* Go to www.ofsted.gov.uk to read the report in full.