Glowing report for National Junior School in Grantham

Pupils of National Junior School. 976D
Pupils of National Junior School. 976D
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These youngsters are celebrating after their school was given a glowing report.

The National School in Castlegate, Grantham, was graded ‘good’ overall in a report by Ofsted inspectors.

The inspectors noted pupils made good progress in reading, writing and mathematics, their behaviour in lessons and around the school was good and their enthusiasm was reflected in consistently good attendance figures.

Their report said teaching was good overall and some of it was outstanding.

It added that the school was a caring community that welcomed pupils from all backgrounds.

But the inspectors said the school had falled short of an ‘outstanding’ grading because not all pupils achieved as well in mathematics as they did in writing and reading and teaching in Years 3 and 4 was not as consistently good as teaching in Years 5 and 6.

Headteacher John Gibbs said: “The Ofsted framework is undoubtedly becoming more demanding, so we are extremely pleased with the inspection findings.

“The school has been judged as a good one with outstanding elements in each of the four main areas.

“We are delighted that the inspection team’s judgement of the school mirrors our own self-evaluation and that we had already identified the improvements needed in order to become outstanding, our target for the near future. We are well on the way.

The report is testament to the dedication of all teaching and support staff at the school, the work of the governing body and the fantastic support of parents. Above all though it is testament to the enthusiasm of the stars of the National - the children.”

** The full report can be viewed on the school website: