Improving Buxton school wins Ofsted praise

PUBLISHED: 10:57 16 June 2011

Pupils with the new greenhouse at Buxton Primary School where improvements have been praised by Ofsted inspectors.

Pupils with the new greenhouse at Buxton Primary School where improvements have been praised by Ofsted inspectors.


A primary school is improving rapidly as it battles back from being on special measures two years ago.

Ofsted inspectors have praised Buxton Primary near Aylsham where standards are rising and morale high through good leadership.

The 117-pupil school, where the number of special needs pupils is well above the national average, came off special measures in 2009, the same year as a new head and two new teachers joined.

In April this year a new governing body took over from the interim board put in place under special measures in 2007.

Lead inspector Joy Richardson said the school was now “improving rapidly because of effective and insightful leadership”.

Pupils, staff, parents, carers and governors shared a pride in a school where “much has changed for the better in recent years.”

There was good scope to continue to improve because of the leaders’ clear overview of what needed to be done, how to do it and “sustained determination.”

Teaching and pupil tracking had both improved since the last inspection in 2009 with rising standards in writing and mathematics.

Pupils enjoyed a broad and interesting curriculum enriched by activities and felt learning was fun.

The school has recently built an outdoor classroom, which the children use for lessons in the fresh air, with a greenhouse designed by local artist Jessica Perrry and made from recycled plastic bottles, sited next to the school vegetable patch.

Improvements could be made by increasing the quality of some teaching with more focus, clarity, seeking more accuracy in written work, providing more challenge for more able pupils, and by encouraging more reading, added the Ofsted report.

Head teacher, Deborah Leahy said: “We are delighted that two years of dedication and commitment to improving outcomes for children has been acknowledged. Our shared vision is to provide the community with a school it can be proud of as it welcomes parents and supports children’s progress in all areas of their development.”

Chairman of governors Matthew Fruish added said the progress was through “a combination of hard work from our teaching staff and children together with the support of parents and the wider community. The report shows how our school is going from strength to strength.”

The full report can be read in full via a link on the school’s website

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