Teachers and pupils at six schools in Nottingham are celebrating after being praised by Ofsted.

They all had inspections from November 2015 to February 2016. Of the six, five have been rated ‘Good’ and one school in Aspley has been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating by inspectors.

The schools inspected include:

  • Crabtree Farm Primary School
  • Melbury Primary School
  • St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School
  • Westglade Primary School
  • Whitemoor Academy (Primary and Nursery)
  • Woodlands School

All schools have been praised for their strong leadership and good behaviour of pupils. Many of the children have made good progress at school, and teachers have been congratulated on their commitment to high quality teaching.

Councillor Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Schools, said “Nottingham has some fantastic primary and special schools and I am delighted more of them are rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’. They should all be so proud of their hard work and dedication.

“We are pleased that Ofsted has seen the improvements these schools have made. This is down to hard work from staff, pupils, and governors.

“We are committed to ensuring all children in Nottingham have access to high-quality education, every child in this city deserves to go to a good school, close to home. As a Council will are working with schools to focus on this goal.”


Crabtree Farm Primary School in Bulwell was inspected in February of this year and were awarded a ‘Good’ rating, previously they were rated as ‘requires improvement’ in their 2013 inspection. Inspectors this time said:

  • The Headteacher, staff and governors have significantly improved pupils’ achievement since the last inspection.
  • By the time pupils leave Year 6 they are well prepared for the next stage in their education.
  • Pupils are eager to learn and have good attitudes to learning. Their behaviour is good. As a result, the school is an orderly and purposeful place to learn.
  • Personal development and welfare are strengths of the school. Staff do everything they possibly can to enable all pupils to succeed.
  • Leaders have worked extremely hard to increase attendance and reduce persistent absence since the last inspection.

To read the full report click here – https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/122476


Melbury Primary School in Bilborough were rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2012 and inspectors held a short inspection in November to check the school is still on track. They found the school was still a ‘Good’ school, their key findings were:

  • Senior leaders and the governing body are focused effectively in improving the school systematically
  • In 2015, those making at least the progress expected were above the national averages in all subjects and, in reading and in writing, Those figures mean that, by the end of Key Stage 2, they had closed the gap between the progress made by disadvantaged pupils and other pupils at the school and nationally The achievement of the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils has improved
  • The classrooms are vibrant places and the learning is stimulating for the pupils
  • Both parents and pupils expressed justifiably positive views about the school. They, too, have a sense of it getting progressively better
  • Attendance has improved.

To read the full report click here – https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/122426


St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Aspley, became an Academy school in 2012 and has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, inspectors said;

  • The school excels at the things that have the most impact on the pupils’ personal development and their academic achievement.
  • The Headteacher, senior leaders and the governing body have embedded a very strong ethos, which sets and achieves high expectations for and of the pupils.
  • A clearly expressed set of values is at the core of everything that the school does. Those values are imbibed by the pupils and result in very positive attitudes to life and to learning.
  • As a result, pupils make exceptional progress from entering early years to the time at which they leave the school, by which time they have, typically, reached standards that are well above average. The school has achieved a national award for the success of its work with disadvantaged pupils.
  • The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is consistently high.
  • The school sets high standards for pupils’ behaviour, and the pupils meet those standards.

To read the full report click here – https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/138340


Westglade Primary School in Top Valley has been awarded a ‘Good’ rating following an inspection in January, after previously being told they ‘required improvements’ back in 2013. This latest inspection found:

  • The Headteacher has good support from the committed team of staff and governors. Everyone works well together.
  • Staff have high expectations of pupils.
  • Pupils’ progress is good. Attainment in reading, writing and mathematics is higher Pupils,
  • Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school.
  • Attendance has improved because pupils enjoy school and parents are supportive of the school.

To read the full report click here – https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/131006


Whitemoor Academy (Primary and Nursery) in Whitemoor became an academy school in 2012 and was last inspected in 2011, receiving a “Good” rating. Inspectors held a short inspection at the school in February and continue to rate them as a ‘Good’ school. Inspectors praised:

  • The work of the Headteacher and the academy’s deep commitment to providing the pupils with a very positive start in life, focused consistently on improving what it does in the best interests of the pupils.
  • The academy provides a broad-based, well-balanced and rich curriculum, which supports both the pupils’ academic development and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. The wide range of sports, clubs, visits and other such activities adds to the stimulating topics and tasks in lessons.
  • Together, these things have a notably positive impact on the pupils’ progress, attitudes, behaviour and attendance.
  • Pupils’ attendance has improved well in recent years and is now above average.
  • The teaching captures the interest of the pupils in all key stages, so that they concentrate in lessons and want to do well.

To read the full report click here – https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/138663


Woodlands School, a special school in Aspley has been given a ‘Good’ rating by inspectors who came to the school in February, with their last inspection in 2014 rated them asrequires improvement’. Inspectors have now praised the:

  • Strong leadership of the head of school and the executive Headteacher
  • Staff were praised for their strong commitment to providing a high-quality education for all pupils in their care
  • Senior leaders regularly make rigorous checks on the quality of teaching and learning to ensure that pupils’ interest is engaged and lessons are stimulating. This has led to consistently good and improving teaching
  • Disadvantaged pupils, and those from minority ethnic backgrounds, achieve as well as, and sometimes better than, other pupils
  • Pupils’ were praised for their behaviour and very positive attitudes to learning and show great consideration for each other and staff

To read the full report click here – https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/122962