Pupils and staff at Windmill Primary School are celebrating after once again receiving a ‘GOOD’ rating from Ofsted.
During a recent inspection by the education watchdog the school, based on Windmill Lane, Raunds, was praised for working alongside local governors and the Nene Education Trust to create “a clear and ambitious vision for the school and its pupils.”
The report from the lead inspector noted that: “You have embedded a strong culture across the school, in which your school values, and the positive behaviours for learning that you wish to see, are understood and widely evident.”
As part of their evaluations the inspector remarked that “standards of attainment and rates of progress in reading, writing and mathematics have been consistently above the national averages, and improving, for the last three years,” and that “pupil numbers have increased significantly… and have almost doubled since the last inspection.”
The report continued: “Pupils, parents and staff speak highly of the school. Pupils explained to me, with pride and enthusiasm, how the school values will help and guide them as they move on to the next stages in their education. In particular, pupils spoke about the importance of recognising mistakes in their work as something positive, saying, ‘we really want to improve. We make mistakes, but we learn from them’.”
Matt Coleman, Principal at Windmill Primary School, said: “It has been an awesome few years for Windmill Primary School. As a community our pupil numbers have grown and our rates of progress and attainment continue to be very strong.
“That is, however, just part of our story of success. We are a warm and welcoming school joined together by our values and a commitment to providing the very best opportunities for our pupils thanks to our amazing curriculum. We are delighted that Ofsted have recognised this.
“I am incredibly proud of all of our children and staff and would like to thank them for all of their hard work. Thanks must also go to all of our governors and parents/carers for their continued support for our wonderful school community.”
In July 2018 Windmill Primary School joined the Nene Education Trust, on this partnership the inspector commented that: “This new relationship is positive…the school’s successful track record will be sustained.”
Chris Hill, Chief Executive of the Nene Education Trust, said: “At the Nene Education Trust, we are committed to developing character, raising aspirations and celebrating achievement.
“We take great pride in our role of raising aspirations for pupils and their families in Raunds and Rushden and this feedback from Ofsted is a fantastic testament to that.”
Thanks, as ever, for your continued support.