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Primary school’s ‘shared ambition’ leads to good Ofsted rating

Published on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A CITY primary school has been praised by Ofsted inspectors for creating a ‘climate of shared ambition’ that has led to ‘consistently good teaching’.

Kestrels’ Field Primary School, in Hamilton, has implemented ‘effective teaching strategies’ which have helped pupils to make good progress from their starting points, including some particularly rapid progess in writing.

These are among the strengths that have led to the school being judged as good by Ofsted. In its previous inspection, Kestrels’ Field was judged as requiring improvement.

Inspectors also noted that disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs or disabilities made the same progress as others, thanks to ‘carefully tailored interventions’. They said governors had an improved understanding of the school’s priorities, which helps them to ask the right questions and check the effectiveness of actions that are taken.

Pupils behave well and are keen to learn, with ‘a strong sense of mutual respect and care’ at the school.

Headteacher Jo Higgins said: “We’re really delighted with this report, which outlines the strong improvements we have made and highlights how hard everyone associated with the school has worked to get to this point.

“I’m very proud of our pupils for the progress they have made, and I’m equally proud of all our staff and governors for their contributions to ensuring that teaching is consistently good at Kestrels’ Field.

“Together, and with the support of parents, I am confident that we will continue to improve and we look forward to helping all of our children to enjoy school life and achieve to the best of their abilities.”

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: “My congratulations go to everyone at Kestrels’ Field on such an impressive Ofsted report. I know that making improvements like these require the dedication and determination of everyone involved with the school, so it’s fantastic news that their hard work has paid off.

“Eighty-nine per cent of our local authority-maintained primary, infant and junior schools are now rated good or outstanding – a total of 58 out of 65. It’s great news that Kestrels’ Field is one of them.”