Joy for school after another top-class rating

Ellington First School is still among the cream of the crop.

Its success has continued as it has been judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for the third consecutive inspection visit. The time before that it received an ‘excellent’ rating, the highest score possible.

In the report, pupils’ achievement – both academically and personally – is highly praised.

The inspectors say tailored support is being used effectively to ensure rapid progress for all groups of learners, including the most able pupils and those with special educational needs or disability.

The quality of teaching gets the top grade due to the high expectations of teachers, very detailed planning, highly inclusive positive relationships, excellent support from highly skilled teaching assistants and a vibrant environment and exciting atmosphere for learning.

Also described as outstanding are the leadership and management of the school and the behaviour and safety of pupils.

Headteacher Kevin Vardy, who has overseen all of the inspections, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Ofsted has once again recognised the quality of education and care that the children at Ellington receive.

“The report is a tribute to the staff, parents, children and the wider community who work so hard to make the school such a special place and I hope that they all share my immense pride in our continued success.

“To be graded as outstanding is an achievement in itself ,but to maintain that level of excellence over such a long period of time and against an ever-changing and increasingly demanding framework is exceptional.”

The report also praises the experienced governing body, which is highly ambitious for the school and its pupils.