Ellington Infant School celebrates a brilliant Ofsted turnaround

Head teacher Nicky Brown (centre), Louise Davidson,deputy head lLeft) and Ele Flower (right), with some of Ellington's pupils Picture by Adam Tinnion

Ellington Infant School in Ramsgate is celebrating an incredible turnaround after being rated Good by Ofsted inspectors.

The school had been classified as Requires Improvement at its last inspection in March 2015.

But a visit by education watchdogs between the 28th February and 1st March has resulted in the verdict that the school has improved in all areas.

In the latest Ofsted report school leaders and governors are praised for their ‘strong contribution to the good and improving picture of teaching and outcomes’.

‘Firmly back on track’

The report states: “Effective teaching means that pupils learning builds strongly over time”, and that “leaders and staff do all they can to form close partnerships with parents for the benefit of their children.”

Inspectors praised determined leadership, saying it had put “the school firmly back on track.”

Inspectors found that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and disadvantaged pupils, made good progress and early years provision was good.

The report said: “The outdoor learning environment in early years is especially rich,” although the inspector added: “However, children are not always as purposefully engaged and challenged as they could be when not working with an adult, including most-able children.”

Lead inspector Clive Dunn said further improvements could be made in challenging pupils to fulfil their potential; ensure regular attendance of disadvantaged pupils and strengthen the schools promotion of pupils’ outcomes in music and the arts.

But he also highlighted: “Leaders have established a culture of high expectations. Staff and pupils rise well to this challenge and it is reflected throughout the school and environment. Leaders have secured and embedded the core values, drive and purpose of the school.

“Staff are rightly proud to work at the school and enjoy doing so. They have a clear understanding of the goals that everyone is aiming to achieve.”

‘We will not stop’

In a letter to parents Chair of Governors Jenny Luxmoore said: “The governors and I know there is always more work to be done, but, as the report observes, the school’s drive for continuous improvement is clear.  We will not stop getting better.”

‘Thrilled’

Head teacher Nicy Brown said she was delighted with the outcome of the inspection. She said: “I am absolutely thrilled that the report recognises the hard work, determination and impact of our whole school community in ensuring Ellington Infant School provides a high standard of education for our pupils.

“The inspection was challenging and the team left no stone unturned, however, they agreed that we are resolute in our ambition to ensure our children receive the best, both in terms of teaching and a fun and engaging curriculum.”

Report by Jemma Willson 

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