Praise for inspirational headteacher at Barrington Primary School
INSPECTORS have praised a headteacher for improving a village school where standards had slumped. According to a report published this week, staffing changes at Barrington Primary School affected pupil progress and learning, particularly in the areas
INSPECTORS have praised a headteacher for improving a village school where standards had slumped.
According to a report published this week, staffing changes at Barrington Primary School affected pupil progress and learning, particularly in the areas of maths and science, where exams scores declined.
But the arrival of new headteacher Francesca Catterson has seen an upturn in the school's fortunes, according to lead inspector June Woolhouse.
She said: "She [Mrs Catterson] has provided inspirational leadership and increased the school's capacity to improve by galvanising the staff into a committed team. She has quickly identified the key priorities for improvement.
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"Staff share a common sense of purpose and have a clear understanding of the headteacher's aspirations and determination to improve the school."
The report added that the school now has a "clear priority" to improve the quality of teaching and the accuracy of assessments to raise attainment, accelerate progress and increase enjoyment in lessons.
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Ms Woolhouse added: "Pupils enjoy school. They talk enthusiastically about effective lessons and are very insightful about how things could and should be improved. They enjoy practical activities like sport, music and history and are knowledgeable about how to be healthy and feel safe. Behaviour across the school is generally good,"
Mrs Catterson said: "We are delighted that the report recognises all the hard work and dedication that our staff, governors, volunteers, pupils and their families bring to school every day.
"This, together with the Christian ethos of the school, has enabled us to build a strong and effective team.