Ripon school's positive steps towards Ofsted 'good' status

A team effort: Pupils and staff at Greystone Community Primary School in Ripon.
A team effort: Pupils and staff at Greystone Community Primary School in Ripon.

A recent Ofsted inspection found that Greystone Community Primary School is making good progress, despite retaining an overall rating of requiring improvement.

The report from the inspection carried out on March 21, praised the school’s new strategies for promoting good behaviour, including a focus on talking through feelings in class, and the opening of the ‘hub’ - a space to reflect on behaviour.

Attendance among disadvantaged pupils has also begun to improve since Ofsted’s last visit in 2015, and the staff’s support of pupils and their families through difficult circumstances was commended.

The report found that there is still some variation in the effectiveness of teaching, but acting headteacher Victoria Kirkman, who has been in post since September last year, is pleased that the school’s progress in addressing this has been recognised.

Miss Kirkman said: I am thrilled that the school is moving towards a good status. The staff have worked extremely hard to make improvements, and so have the children and parents.

“As a school we have really increased our focus on mental and emotional wellbeing. In such a chaotic world, we feel it’s very important to have provision where pupils can feel supported mentally as well as academically. And they are correlated.

“If children and their families feel supported by the school, children are more inclined to value education.

“We are very happy that disadvantaged pupils are now making good progress across the board.”

The school’s improvement plan will now be developed following the inspection, and Miss Kirkman said that working closely with parents, pupils and the wider community will play an important part in continuing to make improvements.

She said: “We are keen now to embed all this excellent practice recommended by Ofsted to help us move towards a ‘good’ status. Looking ahead now, we want to make sure that teaching is consistently good, and that we have a robust teaching and learning policy.

“We want to thank all of the parents and carers for being so supportive in this time of great change, and moving forward they will play a big part in shaping how we progress.

“This is everybody’s school, we are a family at Greystone, it’s for the pupils, the parents, and the whole community. We want to continue working hard to play an integral part in the Ripon community.”