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Education watchdog Ofsted has upped its rating of a Belper school following a visit by inspectors.

Two years ago, an Ofsted team judged Herbert Strutt Primary School, on Thornhill Avenue, to be “satisfactory”.

Since then, teachers and parents have pulled together to push up standards at the school and were this week given the official news that it had received a “good” rating.

John Horwood, chairman of governors, said: “I would like to congratulate all the staff in the school and thank the children and parents for their contribution to helping us make this a good school.”

The improvements started under the leadership of former headteacher John Murday and continued until he retired last year.

Deputy chairman of governors, John Scotney, said: “The governing body then appointed Sarah Core to build on the solid foundations developed and accelerate the rate of improvement.

“She and all the staff have worked as a united team to do this in order to provide the best opportunities for the children.”

The results of the school’s hard work were then assessed during an inspection on Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19,

Following the visit, lead inspector Andrew Stafford said that his provisional grading for the school was “good”.

Every aspect of the school was judged to be at least good with some areas highlighted as being particularly strong. Headteacher Mrs Core was described in the report as a ‘dynamic leader’.

Ofsted has now confirmed the judgement and following the announcement, the governors said the school is to concentrate on further improvement towards becoming an outstanding school - Ofsted’s highest rating.

In 2011, when the school was rated as satisfactory, inspectors still judged some areas to good and said some could be better. It praised the school’s Healthy Schools status, its Active Mark award and ongoing work to help pupils lead a healthy lifestyle.

It also stated that pupils felt safe and that adults in the school take good care of the pupils.

In 2008, the school was judged to be good with some outstanding features and in 2004 the school was also judged to be good.

Ofsted inspections provide an independent external evaluation of effectiveness and what schools should do to improve.

It is based on a range of evidence available to inspectors that is evaluated against a national framework.

Herbert Strutt caters for around 200 pupils aged between four and 11.

In 2012, 89 per cent of pupils at the school attained level four or above in the key stage 2 overall English, reading and writing test, with 95 percent achieving the same standard in maths.

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