Ofsted inspectors have praised four schools in Nottingham for their hard work and excellence.
Rosehill School has maintained its ‘Outstanding’ rating, Middleton Primary has also maintained ‘Good’, while Rosslyn Park Primary has been awarded a ‘Good’ rating – up from ‘Inadequate’ at its previous inspection in 2014 – and Radford Academy has gone from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’.
The percentage of Nottingham children attending a school rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted is now at 88%. This is an increase of 7% on last year and a climb of 32 places up the national league table. This figure was 72% in December 2013.
Nottingham City has the highest proportion of Outstanding-rated schools in the region.
The news has been welcomed by Councillor Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Business, Education and Skills at Nottingham City Council.
Councillor Webster said: “I’d like to congratulate all the pupils, parents, carers, headteachers and support staff at Rosehill, Middleton, Rosslyn and Radford for their efforts and commitment. This has clearly been acknowledged by the inspectors.
“A child’s formative years are so important to their chances of success in later life, and I’m delighted to see continued, collective improvements being made across schools throughout Nottingham.
“We want to make sure that every child in Nottingham City has access to a good school close to home. Our ambitious £41.9m primary expansion plan will have created 4,000 additional places by 2022, and we are also seeing the number of good or outstanding-rated schools increasing.
“This is just as important. Parents and carers now have more options at a time when demand continues to grow, and this year we were able to offer places at first or second-choice primary schools to nearly 95% of them.”
Councillor Webster added: “We can build on recent progress and we must continue to work together – the council, schools and partner organisations with ambition for our children.
“The challenge now is to see this improvement – which recently has included much better Progress and phonics results in primaries – translating to GCSE results. We know we have a lot of work to do as a City in this regard.
“However, this cannot be achieved individually. It will be a collective effort by the Council, schools, teachers, staff, parents and, of course, the pupils themselves. We’re making great strides so far on this journey of improvement in Nottingham and I want to see that continue into the future.”
Cheryl Steele, headteacher at Rosehill School said: “We are delighted that the hard work and dedication of staff and pupils, along with the contributions from parents and carers and the wider community, have resulted in an Outstanding Ofsted grading for Rosehill School. It clearly shows that we have happy children who enjoy learning and love coming to school every day.”
Pete Strauss, headteacher at Middleton Primary, said: “We were delighted to maintain our ‘Good’ status and I’d like to thank my governors, staff and, of course, our pupils. A lot of hard work goes in every day of the year to secure a positive inspection report, but we were particularly pleased to hear that inspectors found our children to be so well-behaved, kind and welcoming. That makes me very proud.”
Scott Mason, headteacher at Rosslyn Park, said: “We are obviously very proud of this achievement. What has given me the most pride, however, is knowing that the two days of the inspection were like every other day. Lessons were delivered in the way they normally are, behaviour was managed as it always is, and the children were their normal, wonderful selves.”
Meeta Dave, headteacher at Radford Academy, said: “We are all delighted with the outcome of the inspection and the very positive report which recognised our children to be respectful, well-mannered and proud of the school. Strong partnerships with parents and the community alongside the invaluable support from our Trust and the commitment from a great staff team has helped us to secure this ‘Good’ judgement.”