School’s ‘outstanding’ success

Girnhill Lane Infants School has just received 'outstanding' in its OFSTED report. (P521B329)

Girnhill Lane Infants School has just received 'outstanding' in its OFSTED report. (P521B329)

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Gold star students at a Featherstone school are celebrating ‘outstanding’ success in their recent inspection.

Girnhill Lane Infant School has been given top marks by education watchdog Ofsted for providing excellent teaching to the town’s youngsters.

An inspector who visited the school earlier this month said students’ behaviour was ‘exemplary’ and they were making ‘excellent’ progress in levels of attainment.

Sally Lowe, headteacher at the school, said working at the school has been a ‘privilege.’

She added: “I’m just so proud of everybody – I’m proud of the children, the staff, the governors and the parents, it’s a privilege to be here.

“Everyone has worked together to achieve this result. This community faces many challenges so this is a fantastic legacy for the children, they can aspire to achieve whatever they want to.”

The Girnhill Lane school was rated ‘good’ at its last Ofsted inspection in 2009.

But standards of teaching, attainment, leadership and behaviour have all been given an ‘outstanding’ seal of approval by the government body.

The report said: “Pupils make excellent progress and achieve outstandingly well. Teaching is consistently good and much is outstanding.

“Behaviour is exemplary and attitudes to learning are outstanding.

“From nursery year to the end of year two, pupils greatly enjoy and are stimulated by excellent educational experiences.

“The world of learning opens up for them in all of their work and activities.”

Kay Binnersley, chairman of governors at the school, said: “I’m really proud of the staff, pupils and governors who have worked so hard to bring about this successful result. It’s a lovely feeling that they’ve achieved this.”