Ofsted inspection: High praise for Milton Park Primary School after ‘challenging’ few years

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 April 2017

Head teacher, pupils and staff celebrating their success.

Head teacher, pupils and staff celebrating their success.

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The headteacher of Milton Park Primary School says there are ‘exciting times ahead’ after it was rated as good with outstanding elements.

The Weston-super-Mare school, in Milton Park Road, has close to 400 pupils and had previously been told it required improvement by education watchdog Ofsted.

Lorraine Fitzpatrick was appointed as its headteacher in 2014 and she has been working with children, teachers and parents to ensure students have ‘the best education they can possibly have’ ever since.

Ofsted carried out a two-day inspection of the school in March and found its leadership and management, teaching quality, outcomes for pupils, and early years provision were all good, with the personal development, behaviour and welfare of students rated as outstanding.

Miss Fitzpatrick told the Mercury she is ‘ecstatic’ and said it has been ‘a massive team effort’ to achieve the rating.

She added: “Our teachers have put in hours and hours of work, not just in teaching our children but in providing excellent marking and planning. It’s been a very stressful two years, but we have got to the other side and proved we are providing excellent education.

“For us, the main thing now is we have put in a lot of the basic skills.

“We have completed a lot of the journey, it has been challenging, but for us it doesn’t stop now – it’s exciting times ahead.”

The Ofsted report says Miss Fitzpatrick’s ‘driving ambition and high expectations’ have led to pupils achieving more. It adds: “A rich and varied curriculum provides pupils with an extensive range of opportunities to prepare them for life in modern Britain.”

The school was praised for its extra-curricular activities, including a Polish club which helps pupils to understand language and culture.

It adds: “Pupils show respect for each other’s ideas and points of view and are sensitive to the beliefs of other cultures.”

The report also says teachers meet the need of disadvantaged pupils well and the most-able pupils are challenged.

It adds: “Parents views of the school are overwhelmingly positive. Parents feel their children are happy, safe and make good progress with their learning.”

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