Primary school head teacher praised as a ‘role model’ for pupils

A Nottingham primary school head teacher has been praised for the way she inspires pupils and teachers.

Ofsted inspectors said Rebecca Edge is an excellent role model for everyone at Blue Bell Hill Primary and Nursery School.

Following an inspection visit in February, the education watchdog highlighted the way the head has managed an increase in pupil numbers and a move into a new extension of the school buildings in Gordon Road, St Ann’s.

Inspectors said: “You are an excellent role model for staff and pupils. Your extremely high expectations are reflected in the good quality of provision, the dedication of staff and the exemplary attitudes of pupils to their learning.”

Awarding a judgment of ‘Good’ to the school, inspectors added: “Pupils have a great sense of pride about their school. The vast majority of parents would recommend the school to other families.”

In particular, the inspectors highlighted:

  • Pupils’ social and physical development are enhanced by the strong partnerships forged with local business and sports partnerships, for example the ice hockey and football teams.
  • Most teaching is now characterised by high expectations, precise questioning, good subject knowledge and a positive classroom atmosphere. As a result, pupils work hard and enjoy their lessons.
  • Leaders at all levels have successfully established a strong culture of safeguarding
  • teaching and children’s progress within the early years have significantly improved

The inspectors added: “The teaching of reading, including for reluctant readers, is highly creative. Many pupils enjoy reading. Opportunities for pupils to apply their reading, writing and mathematical skills through imaginative additional provision, such as ‘spelling sheds’ and a book club which are well-liked by pupils.”

Ofsted previously rated Blue Bell Hill, which caters for 480 pupils aged 3-11, as ‘Good’.

Commenting on the inspection, Mrs Edge said: “I couldn’t be more proud, the excellent team spirit of the staff, the resilience of the pupils and the support of their families is what make Blue Bell Hill the excellent place it is.  We will never give up striving to be the best that we can be for the whole school community.”

Cllr Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Education and Skills in Nottingham, said: “I’m so pleased to see so many positive comments about Blue Bell Hill Primary. Everyone at the schools should be so proud of their hard work and dedication.

“This is down to the commitment of the Head Teacher, staff, pupils and governors – and also the parents in the wider community.

“The council is working closely with partners from across the city to ensure that every child can go to a school that is rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.”

The full report can be read on the Ofsted website: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/21/140231

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