Rasen ‘Federation’ helps Nettleton school turn ‘good’

Nettleton Ofsted EMN-140616-131248001
Nettleton Ofsted EMN-140616-131248001

Collaborating with Market Rasen Primary School, including sharing an executive headteacher, has helped Nettleton Community Primary School achieve a ‘good’ rating, says school inspectors Ofsted.

The Nettleton school was told early last year it had to improve standards, being slammed for its maths and writing achievement, though the report noted its new management had not had enough time to make changes.

The school had formed a ‘federation’ with Market Rasen Primary School, which saw its school headteacher Andrew Smith gain responsibility for Nettleton after its previous head retired.

Mr Smith told the Rasen Mail this collaboration “has been one of the drivers” of improvement.

“The children have significantly benefitted from the Federation with access to specialist staff, accessing more sports competitions, exciting educational visits that were previously prohibitively expensive and cross school projects.”

Key findings, Ofted noted, included pupils making “good progress” in reading, writing and arithmetic. Teaching was “typically good,” the safety of pupils was “outstanding” and their “spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good.” School management had also provided “good leadership.”

However, Ofsted noted occasionally, brighter pupils were not challenged enough and “staff do not always insist on accurate grammar, punctuation and spelling in pupils writing.”

Mr Smith said these issues are being addressed, but staff have worked hard to improve the school, earning greater community support and pupil numbers rising from 45 to 61.

“Not only are the children achieving academically, they are enjoying school.”