Ofsted praise for Normanby by Spital - a ‘small school with big ideas’

Normanby By Spital Primary School is celebrating a 'Good' Ofsted rating EMN-170227-113719001
Normanby By Spital Primary School is celebrating a 'Good' Ofsted rating EMN-170227-113719001

A village school has celebrated maintaining its ‘good’ Ofsted rating with a new sign to shout about their achievements.

With 72 pupils on the roll, Normanby by Spital headteacher Emma Negus-Hill says they are a ‘small school with big ideas’.

“I am immensely proud of my school, of pupils, staff, governors, parents/carers and the community, that have worked so hard to make the school the ‘good’ school that Ofsted recognises it is.

“Without everyone being on board with the vision and working so tirelessly to ensure the best outcomes for all of our pupils, this would not have been possible.”

In the report, the inspector said the leadership team had ‘maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection’ and went on to praise Mrs Negus-Hill for her work since she joined the school a year ago.

The report reads: “Since your arrival in January 2016, you have raised the expectations of teachers to improve the outcomes of pupils.”

Ofsted also identified a ‘high staff morale’ and that ‘teachers and adults have created a positive and purposeful environment where the children are thriving.’

This has resulted in the outcomes of all pupils being in-line or above the national average; something that was recognised in the report.

The inspector went on to give next steps for the school, which include challenging the most able pupils to improve their writing, developing pupils’ mathematical skills to reason and problem-solve, and develop spelling further.

“We are a small school, but we have BIG ideas, we embrace our community and are honoured to be part of something that may be small by scale, but is immense by nature,” said Mrs Negus-Hill.

“We want everyone to know how ‘good’ our school is - for it to be a place where pupils want to come, and where professionals want to develop themselves and be inspired.

“This is only the beginning of our exciting journey.”