Pupils thriving at outstanding school - Ofsted

Published: 5th Oct 2011

Please note this is an archived Press Release

PUPILS and staff are celebrating after inspectors declared their school to be outstanding - and lavished it with praise in a glowing report.

Ings Farm Primary School, in Redcar, was given the highest possible rating by Government education watchdog Ofsted after a thorough assessment of its work.

Inspectors were impressed by every aspect of school life, with pupils said to receive "an excellent all-round education".


The standard of teaching was found to be outstanding, offering clear instructions to pupils and excellent use of resources, such as IT equipment.

Children also benefited from a "lively, interesting, broad and balanced" curriculum which made "effective connections between different subjects to provide pupils with memorable experiences".

Inspector David Shearsmith's report adds: "Pupils develop extremely positive attitudes to learning and behave exceptionally well. They are proud of their school and take on responsibilities, such as membership of the school council.

"Pupils enjoy school tremendously, and most demonstrate this through their above-average attendance and exemplary punctuality.

"Pupils acquire a range of exceptional personal and social skills that help them to develop into well-rounded citizens.

The school was said to take extremely good care of its pupils, making them feel safe and secure.

Leadership, management and governance was also rated outstanding, with parents and carers "engaged in the life of the school".

Headteacher Kevin Aherne said: "I have always maintained that Ings Farm Primary School is one strong unit, a united family - a family which includes staff, children, parents and governors and numerous members of our local community.

"Together we have developed a school to be very proud of. The wonderful judgements made by Ofsted reflect the hard work and true professionalism of all the staff here at Ings Farm Primary School.

"It also clearly highlights the exemplary behaviour of our children and their tremendous enthusiasm for learning and achieving success. I am extremely proud to be the headteacher of this outstanding school.

Councillor Joan Guy, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Councils Cabinet Member for Childrens Services and Education, said: "This is a wonderful report and one which highlights the commitment, determination and hard work of all involved to make Ings Farm Primary a truly outstanding school."

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