Top Ofsted grades for village primary

wet  Headteacher Catherine Holmes with Year 6 pupils at Primrose Lane Primary School.  (130117M4)
wet Headteacher Catherine Holmes with Year 6 pupils at Primrose Lane Primary School. (130117M4)

Just months after receiving government praise for being in the top 20 schools for SATs results in 2012, Boston Spa’s Primrose Lane Primary is celebrating an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report.

And the achievement has been hailed even more impressive as the rating was achieved under Ofsted’s new tougher inspection framework.

Chairman of the Governing Body at the school, Mrs Edna Small, said: “Everyone connected with the school is extremely proud that Ofsted have recognised that Primrose Lane provides the best possible start in life for a young child.

“Although it is a team effort by staff, parents, governors and pupils to deliver this standard of education, I must pay special tribute to Catherine Holmes, our headteacher, who was challenged to improve the school’s performance when she was appointed in 2010.

“With last year’s SATs results and this Ofsted judgement, she has surpassed the high expectations that we had for her within a much quicker timescale.”

Ofsted inspectors obseved 16 lessons and scored the school outstanding in five criteria - achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety, leadership and management and overall effectiveness.

Headteacher Catherine Holmes said: “What the inspectors saw during the inspection was Primrose Lane as it typically is.

“No ‘special show’ was put on just because Ofsted were in school.

“It was business as usual from everyone involved and for the inspection to have been this successful, with the school doing what it typically does – day in, day out – is very pleasing”.

“We are particularly pleased with how well our pupils presented themselves to the inspection team; they are a credit to their families and the staff who work with them.” 

“I cannot state strongly enough how much this has been a team effort and one that our whole school community: parents, children, staff and governors, can take pride in.”

In January Schools Minister David Laws sent Primrose Lane a letter of praise for being in the top 20 schools for 2012 SATS results.