While many schools battled to cope with the extreme weather conditions before Christmas, North Stainley Primary School also had an Ofsted inspection to contend with.
Despite being closed the day prior to the inspection due to the weather, the pupils, teachers, parents and governors rallied round to open up and give a warm welcome to the inspector.
This was the first Ofsted inspection for recently appointed headteacher, Mrs Elizabeth Watts, and a chance for the school to show the improvements and developments made over the last two terms.
The school was judged to be good, with particularly positive comments about the head, attendance, teaching methods, the caring nature of the school and its management.
The report highlighted the need for improvements in the provision of ICT equipment and the school had already made the purchasing of laptops a particular target for fundraising events.
Mrs Watts said: “We are delighted with our recent Ofsted report and all of those involved at our school should be very proud of what has been achieved over the last few months.”
The governors have also expressed their delight at the report and the hard work of Mrs Watts and the staff who have developed the school so much over the last few terms.
Meanwhile, the Friends of North Stainley School, aided by village based chartered surveyors Maddison James Associates, have recently launched an appeal to raise £30,000 for various projects at the school, including the creation of an IT suite, remodelling the classrooms, installation of new metal railings and creation of a new outside play area for foundation stage children.
A range of fundraising events has been held and Karen Maddison, director of Maddison James Associates, has provided voluntary assistance completing grant forms to secure funding from external sources, along with submitting planning applications to deliver the projects.
Mrs Watts said: “I have worked with Karen during her role with the North Stainley Sport and Recreation Trust. She managed to secure over £100,000 external funding and dealt with all the trust’s property queries, I was keen to utilise Karen’s skills for the benefit of the school.”
Mrs Maddison said: “Mrs Watts is committed to developing the school and placing it at the heart of the community. When we were approached by the Friends group seeking a donation as a local business based in North Stainley, we wanted to support the school in going forward to deliver these projects.”