What a turnaround! Elmhurst School given ‘good’ rating by Ofsted

Elmhurst pupils
Elmhurst pupils

A formerly failing school has been graded good with elements of outstanding by Ofsted.

Elmhurst School was praised by Ofsted, which commended the staff, leadership team and governors for improving pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching.

Inspectors also said that pupils are making good progress in reading, writing and maths.

Nursery and reception classes were graded outstanding, with Ofsted saying that highly skilled teachers were adept at planning collaboratively.

Headteacher Rachel Lee said that the school has worked hard to improve since being told it required improvement by Ofsted two years ago.

She said: “This is great news for the children, for the parents and for the staff.

“This is about running the school the Elmhurst way. That has meant developing a consistent in-house style, so that expectations and standards of all pupils are high, there is a consistent approach to the way we teach across the school, and learning is a high priority for us all.

“We are proud of the way we do things here, always putting the children at the centre of everything we do, and giving the staff the best support in raising the standard of teaching and learning in the classroom.”

Chairman of governors David Gamble paid tribute to the hard work by Mrs Lee and the staff.

He said: “The school has gone from strength to strength.

“We have a very committed and high quality team at the school with hard working children and supportive parents.

“We are pleased that Ofsted has recognised our many improvements and our high ambition for all of our children. We aim to become an outstanding school by building on the great progress we have made.”