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“Fantastic news” for Rockingham as inspectors praise the progress made

Pupils and staff at Rockingham Primary School are celebrating an incredible start to the New Year after their latest Ofsted inspection.

During a recent visit from Her Majesty’s Inspectors, the school was rated ‘good’ across all categories, including leadership and management; teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for pupils.

After a thorough two-day inspection, inspectors were impressed with the changes that have taken place at Rockingham since joining the David Ross Education Trust. 

The report stated that: “The headteacher, supported well by the deputy headteacher and other senior leaders, has transformed the school since the last inspection.”

Recognising the good behaviour of pupils, inspectors noted that children ‘work hard in lessons and take pride in their work…trust and respect staff and get on with each other well.”

The report, which was published this week, also highlighted the school’s “caring ethos that values pupils and families alike.”

Amongst the many positive comments, inspectors noted that:

  • The headteacher, supported well by the deputy headteacher and other senior leaders, has transformed the school since the last inspection.
  • The school has a caring ethos that values pupils and families alike. Staff know families well and pupils feel safe and secure.
  • Leaders have introduced robust systems to every aspect of school life. This ensures that all pupils receive a good standard of education.
  • Pupils’ personal development and behaviour are good. They work hard in lessons and take pride in their work. Pupils trust and respect staff and get on with each other well.
  • Pupils make good progress in all year groups in reading, writing and mathematics. Children in the early years make particularly good progress in writing.
  • Disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make good progress from their different starting points. Effective teaching assistants make a particularly valuable contribution to the progress of these pupils.
  • Pupils benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities, including sports clubs, musical instrument tuition, educational visits/visitors and residential visit.
  • Governors are passionate, knowledgeable and keen for the school to succeed.

Rebecca Steed, Executive Headteacher at Rockingham Primary School, said: “This is an incredible milestone for Rockingham and something that everyone has worked so hard to achieve. It is simply fantastic news.

“I would like to thank all of the staff for their continued efforts to ensure that we fulfill the needs of our school and the community, and our wonderful pupils and their families for making Rockingham such a special place to teach and learn.

“Everything we do, whether it is academic or extra-curricular, is centered around our pupils and what they need in order to reach their full potential.

“We look forward to sustaining these improvements and moving towards Outstanding."