Inspection reveals school has improved

Horsley Primary School has “improved considerably”, 
according to inspectors from education watchdog Ofsted.

Officials visited Horsley C of E Primary School in July and their findings, released this week, show standards have taken great strides since the last inspection five years ago.

In particular the inspectors said that parents and carers speak highly of a ‘family atmosphere’ that makes their children feel safe and valued.

They also felt pupils made good progress, so that their attainment by the end of Year Six was above average and good teaching meant that pupils achieved well throughout the school.

In addition pupils’ behaviour was consistently good because “that is what teachers expect”, and the headteacher “leads well with a clear view of the school’s priorities for improvement”.

Headteacher Paul Leeson said: “We are delighted that this report reflects the many strengths of our school – the hard work of all the staff and governors, the good behaviour and politeness of our pupils and the support and enthusiasm of our parents.

“I am particularly pleased that the report reinforces our school improvement priorities and gives us clear guidance upon the next steps of our learning journey.”

The inspection was carried out with two days’ notice for staff at the school.

The inspector visited 11 lessons taught by the three teachers and held meetings with members of the governing body as well as staff and groups of pupils.

Questionnaires from pupils, staff and nearly 50 parents and carers were also taken into account.

Overall, the school was rated “good” – and the inspector said that Horsley could achieve the highest rating of outstanding if teachers could raise 
attainment in reading and mathematics.

Eighty-nine pupils aged between four and 11 are currently enrolled at the school on Church Street.