Outstanding primary school praised for “exceptional teamwork” by Ofsted

Alburgh with Denton Primary School has been rated outstanding by Ofsted. Headteacher Joel Crawley wi

Alburgh with Denton Primary School has been rated outstanding by Ofsted. Headteacher Joel Crawley with some of the children.PHOTO: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A school which was rated satisfactory just six years ago has received an outstanding report from Ofsted with praise for its 'exceptional teamwork.'

Alburgh with Denton Primary School received the top grading in four out of the five categories, including effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, and behaviour and welfare, with a good grading for the early years provision.

When Joel Crawley joined as headteacher in 2008, the school was graded satisfactory, progressing to good in 2011. And the results of March's inspection, which were published on Wednesday, show the school has improved once again.

The inspectors' report praised Mr Crawley for inspiring staff to 'work together to create a caring environment where every child is valued and all achieve their best.' It said that 'exceptional teamwork is at the heart of why this school is outstanding.'

The report said for the last two years pupils' achievement has been significantly better than that of all pupils nationally, a trend that is set to continue this year.


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It also praised senior and middle leaders who try out new ideas to improve the school, the governors who know the school exceptionally well and have high aspirations and pupils' outstanding behaviour.

Mr Crawley said: 'We are delighted to be judged outstanding. We are especially pleased that the inspectors recognised the strong sense of community and team work that makes our school such a special place.

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'We have come on a long way over the last six years and it is all down to the dedication and commitment of our staff, governors and pupils and our parents and the local community.'

In order to improve further, the school now needs to improve pupils' handwriting and presentation of their work and ensure that there are lots of opportunities for children to write about their ideas and experiences in the early years.

Has your school achieved a special award? Email amy.smith@archant.co.uk

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