Improvements noted at East Whitby Ofsted

A Whitby primary school which required improvement when it was last inspected by education bosses has turned itself around and gained an ‘outstanding’ rating.

East Whitby School was visited by Ofsted inspectors on December 8 and 9 and judged across five categories.

It was said to be ‘outstanding’ for personal development welfare with inspectors concluding that “pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent”.

The report says: “Teachers pay good attention to pupils’ conduct and develop their respect for each other. Teachers model the behaviour they expect of pupils. They praise pupils at every opportunity and, in turn, pupils respond with exemplary behaviour.”

The praise is far removed from the notice that East Whitby received at its last inspection in 2013 where it was deemed a school that required improvement.

But inspectors noted the progress that has been made since current headteacher 
Simon Smith took over in April 2014.

The four other categories – effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; outcomes for pupils and early years provision – were all rated as good.

The report goes on to say: “The systems the headteacher put into place have now had time to make a positive difference to the quality of teaching and achievement both of which have improved to the point where they are good.

“The headteacher has been able to galvanise the enthusiasm of staff who are fully supportive of the improvements which have been brought about by the changes that he has made.”

To improve further the school was told to offer more challenge to the most able-bodied pupils across all subjects, raise achievement in Key Stage One reading, ensure there are clear milestones on the school development plan and to sharpen analysis of achievement.

Headteacher Mr Smith said he was “very proud” and thanked everyone for all their hard work.