From bottom to top of class

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A SCHOOL condemned to special measures just 17 months ago was delighted to win a ‘good’ report from Ofsted this week.

Staff and pupils at Germander Park school on Conniburrow are so thrilled they are planning to tuck into a celebratory cake at assembly tomorrow.

And they have invited parents and friends to join them, said head teacher Jane Edwards.

“For a school judged ‘inadequate’ in October 2009 to achieve ‘good’ in March 2011 is something which should be celebrated by the whole community,” she said.

Mrs Edwards was sent to the flagging small school by the local authority specifically to make improvements.

She concentrated on improving learning, changing the curriculum and structure of the day and also generating a pride in the school.

Children share their success ever week with a Stars for the Week assembly, to which their parents are invited to watch them receive certificates.

“We have fostered an ethos that all children can succeed and it is working,” said Mrs Edwards, who has praised staff, children and parents for their hard work.

Already the school has gone from 63 to 86 pupils and it is still growing.

The Ofsted inspectors were impressed with the ‘calm, happy and purposeful atmosphere’ and the good social and academic progress within Germander Park.

The report said the quality of teaching was good and well-planned in all classes, resulting in accelerated progress and a more positive approach to learning from pupils.

It concluded: “They say they enjoy coming to school and as one pupil commented: ‘I like being with my teachers and my friends.’ Pupils say that they feel safe and well supported.”