City school gets ‘good’ Ofsted rating for first time
Published on Thursday, June 21, 2018
A CITY school praised for offering pupils and staff pioneering yoga, meditation and mindfulness sessions has been given a glowing Ofsted report for the first time in its history.
Eyres Monsell Primary School became the first school in the UK earlier this year to reach a national gold standard for its forward-thinking work promoting good mental health among pupils and staff.
Now, following its latest Ofsted inspection in May 2018, the school has been rated as good in all areas for the first time in its history, with some particularly positive praise given for the school’s leadership.
The school has only ever been rating as requiring improvement, or in special measures, before now. The previous Ofsted report in April 2016 rated the school as requiring improvement.
Ofsted inspectors rated as good the effectiveness of school leadership and management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils.
Outcomes for pupils and early years provision were also rated as good.
Headteacher Kerry Hill said: “This is a really significant achievement for the school and all the team here, who have worked together to transform the school and the outlook for children here.
“The school has been recognised recently for leading the way in new initiatives, such as our work around mental health and wellbeing, and we are the first school in the UK to receive a Gold kitemark award from Leeds Beckett University.
“The school has made real progress since the last Ofsted inspection, and this latest rating recognises the hard work that we’ve done.”
In May, the school clinched the gold status in the Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award for Schools. Established by Leeds Beckett University and social enterprise Minds Ahead, the kitemark recognises the work of schools to ensure the wellbeing of pupils and staff.
Across the UK more than 300 schools have signed up to take part in the work.
Eyres Monsell Primary School is set to receive awarded directly from Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan on Friday, June 29, at the National Mental Health in Schools conference, which is being held at the National Space Centre.
Activities introduced for all pupils at Eyres Monsell Primary School include yoga, meditation and mindfulness classes, plus the chance to take part in character-building programmes and ‘mindful moments’ of calm reflection.
Leicester deputy city mayor responsible for children and young people, Cllr Sarah Russell, added: “I am very pleased that Eyres Monsell Primary School have achieved a good rating from Ofsted, which is a well-deserved reward for the hard work of pupils, staff and governors.
“The work on health and wellbeing at the school has been groundbreaking, and helps to ensure the school can enjoy a reputation locally and nationally as a place that champions and promotes positive mental health.”