Burton Joyce Primary School – Ofsted Inspection


THE Ofsted inspection carried out at Burton Joyce Primary School on June 4 and 5 has seen the school move from inadequate (special measures) to Good with Outstanding features.

The inspectors said the school had made this improvement within a year because of outstanding leadership and management. Other key findings include:

  • Acting senior leaders motivating staff and giving clear guidance
  • Teaching is consistently good, with some that is outstanding
  • Stimulating lessons that motivate pupils to learn
  • Pupils’ achievement in reading is above the national average
  • Children’s achievement in the Early Years Foundation Stage is outstanding
  • School leaders, the interim executive board and the local authority have kept parents fully informed about the school’s progress and consulted them on future plans
  • Parents supportive of the school
  • Monitoring progress a key driving force in the school’s rapid recovery

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Service Director for Education Standards John Slater said that he was delighted with the inspection’s findings and congratulated all involved with the school’s progress.

He added: “I’d like to place on record my thanks to the executive head teacher, the interim executive board, the staff, the parents and the children for playing their part in an excellent Ofsted inspection.

“My thanks also go to the governors of Cropwell Bishop Primary School for releasing Executive Headteacher Phil Palmer and Head of School Jenny Cook, without this generosity the rapid progress at the school would not have been made.

He continued: “I’m delighted that the report acknowledges the intensive and effective support provided by the local authority in helping to turn this school round and I’m confident the school will now go from strength to strength.”

Executive Headteacher Phil Palmer added: “This Ofsted is very much a watershed moment for Burton Joyce Primary School and we are now looking forward to a very bright and successful future.

“The inspectors revealed that the school was very close to receiving an outstanding rating which would have been a remarkable turnaround in such a short space of time.

“I must pay credit to everyone involved in the school’s recent success, not least the local authority for their guidance throughout the last year and to parents for their unfaltering support.”