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Staff and pupils praised by Ofsted

School inspectors have lavished praise on a Grantham school.

Ofsted said St Anne’s Primary School on Harrowby Road “continues to be good.”

Headteacher Jonathan Austin was told: “Under your strong, confident leadership, the school continues to grow and flourish. You and your staff have successfully created a school community that is both nurturing and a place of high-quality learning.”

Ofsted continued: “The school’s ethos and values permeate everything it does. It is clear that you have the highest expectations of staff and pupils. There is a strong culture of mutual respect and support. Leaders, including governors, have a clear vision for the school, which promotes the development of the whole child within a caring community based on Christian values.

“Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary and they learn in a calm, orderly environment. Relationships between pupils and adults are extremely positive.”

Pupils told the inspectors they felt happy and safe and they enjoyed their learning. Parents agreed their children were happy and said the school gave an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere in which every child is valued and cherished.

Ofsted also told Mr Austin his detailed self-evaluation identified school strengths and priorities for improvement. Improvements were being made, including those recommended following Ofsted’s previous visit in


The report added: “You have established good systems for securing the safety of pupils. You are committed to ensuring that pupils are safe at all times and that a culture of safeguarding is evident throughout the school.”

Mr Austin responded the school was delighted with the ‘extremely positive’ report, which he felt was accurate, in praising it on many aspects. The school was working on improving its outcomes, especially in maths. He also praised his staff for working so hard, along with the children who are a credit to their parents and the school.

He said: “Their behaviour is excellent and they love working hard and being challenged. It is great to be headteacher of such a wonderful school.”

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