Ofsted praise delights school

Members of the school council celebrate with head teacher Stephen Dennis and chairman of governors Chris Neighbour.
Members of the school council celebrate with head teacher Stephen Dennis and chairman of governors Chris Neighbour.
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STAFF and pupils at Tollgate Community School are celebrating after a successful Ofsted report.

The school in Winston Crescent educates 366 seven to 11-year-olds and was rated good in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Inspectors visited the school on March 9 and 10 and the report was published recently.

The report said, “Pupils, parents and carers, staff and governors are rightly very proud of their good school.

“The school motto, ‘together everyone achieves more’, is reflected in all aspects of its work.

“Pupils’ enjoyment of school is shown in above-average attendance, good attitudes to learning and the excellent contribution to the school and wider community.”

The inspectors also praised the school’s strong links with the church which they said contributed to the students’ ‘outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development’.

The teachers received praise for their well planned lessons and interesting range of activities.

The inspectors said the school could improve by helping the children to achieve as well in English as they do in maths.

The report also outlined a need for teachers to help pupils to take responsibilities so they become ‘independent, resourceful learners’.

Tollgate headteacher Stephen Dennis said, “I am delighted with our Ofsted report.

“One of the highest compliments given during the inspection was when the lead inspector commented that our school motto of ‘together everyone achieves more’ is not just on our banner in the hall, but can be seen in the hearts and minds of children and staff.

“I am pleased that the hard work and dedication shown by staff, governors and parents has been recognised and shown to be having such a positive effect on our children.

“We have already started on the next part of the Tollgate journey towards our goal of being judged to be an outstanding school.”

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