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Ofsted full of praise for school’s flood resilience

Good Ofsted report at Central Street Infant School, Hebden Bridge.
Pictured are Ruby Brady, Ivy Blackmoor, Mrs Sue Bladon, Tom Mynott, head teacher Kath Godfrey and Kai Tynan-Broadbent.

Good Ofsted report at Central Street Infant School, Hebden Bridge. Pictured are Ruby Brady, Ivy Blackmoor, Mrs Sue Bladon, Tom Mynott, head teacher Kath Godfrey and Kai Tynan-Broadbent.

EXCELLENT relationships between staff and pupils at a Hebden Bridge school provide the foundation for good learning and progress, according to Ofsted.

A team of inspectors visited Central Street Infant and Nursery School just days after it had re-opened following extensive flood damage in the summer.

They rated the school as good in all aspects.

The report states: “The quality of teaching over time, as shown by pupils’ good achievement, the school’s rigorous monitoring of teaching and learning, and lessons observed during the inspection, is good overall and some is outstanding.

“Teachers have good subject knowledge. Work is effectively marked, clearly indicating where pupils have demonstrated successful learning and what they have to do to improve.”

Inspectors said the school provides a safe learning environment and the behaviour of pupils is good. “The way in which pupils from many social backgrounds and those with autism interact harmoniously is a strength of the school and provides a secure climate for learning,” the report said.

There was praise for the strong leadership in what have been difficult circumstances over the past few months.

“Leaders and governors have demonstrated considerable resilience and fortitude in dealing with the multitude of difficulties that the recent flooding caused.

“Over a lengthy period they have ensured that pupils’ progress has not been adversely affected,” the report said.

Headteacher Kath Godfrey said she is very proud of the whole school community.

“I’ve always known that the children at Central Street have an excellent start to their education provided by a totally committed staff who work tirelessly to ensure that the children’s first experience of education is enjoyable, exciting and fun,” she said.

“This engagement in high quality teaching and learning and the support of our families and governors ensures that our children continue to exceed our expectations and amaze us.”

 

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