Staff and pupils at Bardney Primary School are celebrating after a glowing report from Ofsted highlighted impressive improvements.
Eighteen months ago, Ofsted rated the school as ‘satisfactory.’
Now, the latest report by inspectors - published just a couple of weeks ago - has upped the rating to ‘good’.
Happy headteacher Garth Hicks said he was delighted with the progress the school had made and stressed it was down to a team effort.
Mr Hicks said: “A lot of hard work has gone into the last 18-months and I’d like to think the report highlights that.
“We are delighted. Everyone has played a part - staff, pupils, parents, governors and the whole community.
“We can feel proud of our efforts and it is tremendous to see that hard work has paid off in such a positive style.
“But the hard work goes on. We can’t afford to rest on our laurels.
“We are pleased with the good rating but hopefully the next report will say we our outstanding.”
Mr Hicks admitted that recent changes to funding policies meant it was a testing time for many rural school.
He revealed pupil numbers were increasing at Bardney, because the school is increasingly highly thought of in the area.
He said money had been “spent wisely” with the addition of the latest technology - including iPads - helping boost standards.
He added: “The previous inspection did make a series of recommendations and we’ve tried to focus on them.
“We’ve worked very hard on certain aspects - including reading standards and phonics. The children have been very responsive.
“The latest report shows we are making progress but, as I said, there is still room for improvement.”
The school caters for pupils aged between four and eleven and Mr Hicks said he was delighted inspectors had praised a “friendly and positive leaning environment.”
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