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Spectacular Stakesby selfie to celebrate Ofsted report

Stakesby School pupils stand together to spell out good, in recognition of their latest Ofsted report.'Picture: Paul Thomas.
Stakesby School pupils stand together to spell out good, in recognition of their latest Ofsted report.'Picture: Paul Thomas.

Whitby’s Stakesby School is celebrating after being rated as a ‘Good’ school following its visit from Ofsted.

The inspector was very impressed with the school and praised the very positive attitudes and ‘thirst for learning’ shown by the pupils, as well as their excellent behaviour.

Head Roy Gunning said: “We are delighted that the inspector recognised the hard work and dedication of the whole school community who go the extra mile to ensure our children get the best start to their education that we can give them.

“We wanted to have a bit of fun to celebrate so we decided to set up the Stakesby School Spectacular Selfie.

Elm Class (year five) took it on as a speciality maths project co-ordinated by Mrs Gurney.

They mapped out the word ‘good’ on squared paper and then scaled it up to chalk out the letters on the playground – then all the children in the school got involved. They spread themselves out and joined hands to form the giant letters.

Paul Thomas of Yorkshire Drone Services.com filmed the whole process from the air, causing much excitement and enthusiastic waving from the assembled children.

“Nobody knew how it would turn out, so we all waited expectantly for Paul’s email with the results,” added Mr Gunning.

“The results are great.”

The inspector said the leadership team had maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection.

Pupils willingly take on roles of responsibility in and around school and have positive attitudes towards, and a thirst for, learning.

The report suggests readers should now ensure they have an accurate understanding of the rate at which pupils move through the phases of phonics learning so that slow progress can be quickly addressed.