School inspection body Ofsted has heaped praise on the leadership at West Cliff after the Whitby primary school’s improved report.
Their recent visit saluted the work of headteacher, Christina Zanelli, describing the school’s leadership as ‘outstanding’.
Ofsted reported that:
‘Children get off to a very good start in the Reception class from well below expected starting points for their age
‘Good progress is firmly rooted throughout the school and standards are rising quickly
‘ The children have positive attitudes and good behaviour
‘The quality of teaching is good with some that is outstanding. Teachers expectations are high. They match work well to pupil’s ability and challenge them well.
‘The management of teaching and learning is highly effective. It has strengthened weaker areas, lifted overall performance and has had a very positive impact on pupils’ achievement.
‘The work of the governing body is extremely well focused on raising standards and improving pupils’ life chances.’
The school has improved from ‘satisfactory’ overall to ‘good’ since Ofsted’s 2012 inspection.
Diana Jeuda, chair of governors, welcomed the report, she told the Whitby Gazette: “Mrs Zanelli has brought out the best in her team and supported all her staff to focus really effectively on giving every child the best possible chance to achieve their full potential. “The school is a happy place where children enjoy their lessons, are confident, safe and learn well.”
Ofsted did however flag up some points to address in order to reach the top ‘outstanding’ grade in all areas, they said:
‘More consistently outstanding teaching is needed to raise the quality to outstanding overall.
‘Newly introduced methods for the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar are not used sufficiently well in all year groups.
‘Sometimes the pace of learning slackens in lessons because time and resources are not used to best effect. ‘Pupils’ hand-writing is not always good enough.’
Diana responded: “Ofsted have set us the challenge of raising the overall quality of teaching from good to outstanding.
“The school is definitely up for this.”