Welwyn Hatfield schools receive outstanding marks from Ofsted
THE dreaded Ofsted inspectors were in Times Territory recently, but it seems our schools and nurseries had no cause for worry. Several schools have received outstanding grades following visits from education officials. Top of the class was The Ryde School
THE dreaded Ofsted inspectors were in Times Territory recently, but it seems our schools and nurseries had no cause for worry.
Several schools have received outstanding grades following visits from education officials.
Top of the class was The Ryde School, in Pleasant Rise, Hatfield, which scooped an overall mark of outstanding.
In their evaluation, inspectors wrote: "This is an outstanding school.
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"Pupils make excellent progress and by year six attain standards that are consistently high in reading, mathematics and science and are exceptionally high in writing.
"Staff have high expectations of pupils' performance and the quality of work that should be produced."
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Headteacher Janet Goddard said: "We are extremely pleased with the findings of the inspection and to be graded as an outstanding school.
"This is as a result of the continued commitment and high expectations the staff have for the children and it is satisfying to receive this public acknowledgement."
There was further good news for Springmead Primary School, in Hilly Fields, WGC, which also received several outstanding marks in curriculum, personal development and music.
Headteacher Judith Sumner said: "We are delighted that Ofsted has recognised the improvements made since our last inspection.
"I would like to thank our talented staff and governors, our hard-working children and our supportive parents for making our school the success it is."
Busy Bees Nursery, in Mardley Hill, Welwyn, received top marks for effectiveness, management and quality and standards.
Manager Ally Archer said: "We are really pleased, and feel it is well deserved.
"All the staff at the nursery work hard, and recognise the children's health and safety is of the greatest importance.
"We value the partnership we have with parents, and will continue in our commitment to providing quality childcare clean and safe environment.