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Community primary school gets ‘good’ Ofsted rating

Published on Friday, June 10, 2016

PUPILS, teachers, governors and parents at Hazel Community Primary School are celebrating after the school was judged ‘good’ by Ofsted.

The school, in Hazel Street, received a ‘good’ rating in all of the areas in which it was inspected, including the effectiveness of leadership, the quality of teaching and pupils’ results.

Early years development and the behaviour of pupils were also judged to be good.

Previously, Hazel was rated by Ofsted as requiring improvement.

Inspectors said teachers at Hazel make learning enjoyable, and have high expectations of what pupils should achieve, encouraging positive attitudes among the children.

They added that leaders, including governors, “show determination in improving the quality of teaching and outcomes for pupils, which are now good.”

The school was also praised for celebrating its cultural diversity, with inspectors noting that pupils from varied backgrounds get on well together.

Headteacher Gillian Blatherwick said: “I’m delighted with this result, and I’d like to thank the whole school community for helping with this improvement.

“We’ve all worked extremely hard to get to this point, and we’ll continue to reinforce the strong learning and caring ethos we have at Hazel to further raise standards and make sure all our pupils achieve.”

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: “Hazel is joining eight other city primary schools who have received a good rating from Ofsted in recent months. This means the proportion of children in good or outstanding primaries has risen from 76 per cent in August last year, to 80 per cent now.

“Of course we’re ambitious for all our children to be educated in schools that are good or better, but it’s fantastic news that the vast majority of them are already in this position.

“Schools like Hazel are a great example of what can be achieved by the hard work of pupils, staff, parents and governors, in partnership with the local authority, to raise standards and help all children to get the most of out school life. I congratulate them on this great achievement.”