Ofsted’s top mark for school

Marton-cum-Grafton Church of England Primary School pupils with headteacher Marie-Louise Thirlaway. (S)
Marton-cum-Grafton Church of England Primary School pupils with headteacher Marie-Louise Thirlaway. (S)

Pupils, staff, parents and governors of a primary school near Boroughbridge are celebrating being given top marks by Ofsted inspectors.

Marton cum Grafton C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School was deemed “outstanding” in all areas during its recent inspection. The school was described as a “harmonious and happy learning environment which is truly at the heart of the village”.

Achievement and progress of pupils was outstanding, said inspectors, as was the quality of the teaching, pupils’ behaviour and early years’ provision.

Headteacher Marie-Louise Thirlaway said: “I am so proud of the children and staff. It really is a pleasure to lead such a fantastic team.

“We are lucky to work together with committed parents, conscientious and dedicated governors and a very supportive village community. Everybody works extremely hard and we are delighted that this has been recognised by Ofsted.”

The report recognised the curriculum is extensively enriched by music, sport, outdoor learning and visits and that pupils’ attitude to learning in lessons and throughout the school was exceptional.

The inspector was impressed with the excellent relationships that staff have with pupils, resulting in a very positive climate for learning in all lessons which means that pupils learn and achieve exceptionally well during their time at this school.

The work of the governors was also highlighted as was the partnership with parents which was described as “exceptional”.

A brief history of the school

Marton-cum-Grafton Church of England Primary School is a village school serving the rural community since 1861. From September, the school has had nursery provision and takes children from three to 11 years of age. The school is the 17th school in North Yorkshire County Council to get ‘outstanding’ out of 321 primary schools under the revised and even more stringent Ofsted criteria.