Hangleton Infant school rated outstanding

Posted On 09 Mar 2010 at 9:43 am

Hangleton Infant School is celebrating after Ofsted judged the school to be outstanding in a recent visit.

It is a remarkable achievement for the school because in 2000 they failed their Ofsted visit – and it is the more pleasing because it has been the same inspector both times.

Ofsted found a ‘highly effective staff team, led by the outstanding head teacher, responsible for the school’s consistent success in providing high quality education.’

The report states: “One parent, reflecting the views of almost all, said, ‘I am extremely happy with Hangleton Infant School and very impressed that not only does the school look after children with special needs, but that they also recognise gifted and talented children. The work that the head and her team do with the children has impressed me tremendously.'”

Importantly, Ofsted saw that ‘when children start school their skills and understanding are below levels expected for their age’ but ‘national test results for pupils in Year 2 show them to be achieving significantly above levels expected for their age’.

Other highlights in the report include:

The staff’s full and shared commitment to meeting the needs of all is at the heart of the school’s success

The school provides a very high level of care for its pupils

Pupils’ personal development and well-being are outstanding

The excellent curriculum is enhanced by a good variety of after-school clubs

Children make an excellent start to their education in the reception classes

Staff work especially hard to give the children a real sense of determining their own way forward, which guarantees their full involvement in all activities

Head teacher Emma Lake said, “We are delighted that Ofsted has recognized that an outstanding school is made from supportive parents, fantastic children and a team of dedicated professionals. We are proud and delighted with the result.”

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