'Glowing' report praises school's guidance, support and attendance
PARENTS, pupils and teachers at a Humberston school have spoken of their "delight" after being heaped with praise by Ofsted inspectors.
Following Ofsted's visit at the end of last month, inspectors have ranked Humberston Cloverfields Primary School as "good" – a grade second only to outstanding.
The school was also thrilled to learn it had been judged as "outstanding" when it comes to pupils feeling safe, safeguarding procedures, the guidance and support available, and attendance.
The report also stated that students were "fortunate to attend a school where staff care for you [the students] outstandingly well", adding that students made clear to inspectors that they felt "totally safe at all times" and that there was "always an adult to talk to".
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Headteacher Carole Spruce said: "We are delighted with the results, which the staff and governors have worked really hard to achieve together.
"We encourage every child to work to their best potential and treat them as individuals in order to make the best of their development.
"We are particularly pleased at the areas in which we achieved outstanding grades.
"The inspectors found our children to feel safe and secure, which is the basis from which a child's education is built. Without that, progress is impossible."
Parents were also involved in the inspection with 146 out of 180 families returning feedback forms and equally pleased with the results.
Sarah-Jane Grant, 33, of Fairway Court, Cleethorpes, has two sons who go to the school, Jack and Jason Ellis.
She said: "A good Ofsted report is very important, but says nothing that I didn't already know.
"The teaching is brilliant and the teachers communicate with us well. The report does offer parents that little extra reassurance though."
Helen Kelly, 37, of Humberston, said: "It is just extra assurance that the school is doing right by my son William.
"Class sizes are good, I feel my son is safe and they always arrange plenty of activities so I think that the result is well-deserved."
Natasha Welford, 33, of Old Clee, is mum to Dylan, 5.
She said "The result is fantastic and the report was glowing – I couldn't have asked for more from the school.
"The way they help the children individually with their progression and know each child personally is a tribute to the school. Dylan has certainly had a brilliant first year here."
Parent Governor Viv Sargent said: "Governors have been getting more involved and we thank the staff and headteacher for all their hard work, which has been reflected in the report."
The Ofsted report advised that to improve further, the school must work harder with planning and varying lessons to inspire children to learn and develop their pupils' understanding of worldwide cultures.
Mrs Spruce added: "Being classified as good puts us at the top end of 47 per cent of schools nationally, but we are always aiming towards the outstanding category."