School where many children who start can’t speak English told it has improved in all areas – Nottinghamshire Live
A Hyson Green primary school which was told its teaching was inconsistent two years ago has been praised after making improvements.
Berridge Primary and Nursery School, in Berridge Road West, has been told it is now ‘good’ in four areas and ‘outstanding’ in its early years provision. In 2017, the school was judged to ‘require improvement’ overall.
The school was told it provides a “broad and balanced” curriculum and leaders have a clear vision for imporvement.
John Lawson, the lead inspector, said: “Pupils make good progress, particularly in reading, writing and mathematics. Leaders and other staff check pupils’ progress carefully. They identify pupils who may be falling behind.
“Leaders meet with teachers to discuss potential barriers to pupils’ learning and the actions that need to be taken to help them catch up. Their focused work to improve the progress of, for example, boys in writing, disadvantaged pupils, or pupils with special educational needs is effective
“Many pupils join the school during the school year, many of whom speak English as an additional language. The school has an effective and well-structured approach to support pupils who are new to the school.”
Inspectors found the school pupils to be “friendly, polite and welcoming.”
Mr Lawson added: “They are proud of their school. They enjoy learning and school life. They are positive about playtimes.
“The pupils are welcoming, thoughtful and their manners are impeccable. As well as holding doors open for inspectors, many asked ‘Do you need any help?’ The youngest pupils in Nursery were observed thanking lunchtime staff for their food and drinks.
“Pupils are very diligent. In an assembly, the pupils learned about ‘perseverance’ and pupils of all ages apply this school value to their work. They are resilient and demonstrate a positive work ethic.
“They are keen to apply themselves to all that staff ask of them in lessons.”
The school, which has 683 pupils on roll, was particularly praised for its early years provisions.
Mr Lawson said: “The majority of children join the early years with knowledge and skills below those typical for their age. The proportion of children who achieve a good level of development is close to the national average.”
Head teacher James Tee said: “I am very pleased with the recent inspection report which recognises the excellent progress the school has made.
“The hard work of the staff, governors and children, working alongside a supportive parent community, has enabled Berridge to make continuous improvements.
“We are all very proud to work in a diverse multicultural community where children are supported to make good progress, develop a positive ethos for learning and demonstrate high standards of behaviour.
“Many of our learners join Berridge with little or no English and, with the support and commitment of our dedicated staff, make good progress leaving school at expected standards.
“We are delighted that our Early Years provision was judged to be outstanding reflecting the excellent work of our early years staff to ensure children have the best start at Berridge. The school will continue to build upon our successes as we plan for the future.”
The ‘good’ Ofsted result means that all primary schools run by Nottingham City Council are now judged to be either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Councillor Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Early Years, Education and Employment in Nottingham, said: “This is a landmark moment for the council – all of the primary schools we oversee are now Good or Outstanding.
“That’s a tremendous achievement and is down to the collective hard work of everyone involved in education in our city: from the council to the school leaders, our teachers, governors, pupils and parents – it’s something to really shout about.
“In particular, I’m delighted to see such a positive and inspiring report about Berridge Primary. This is the standard we set for all of our schools; we will keep going until every school in Nottingham is judged ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.”
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