Ice creams all round! York school celebrates ‘fabulous’ Ofsted achievement

Cool work: children, staff and parents celebrate the good news. Photograph: City of York Council
23 Jun 2016 @ 12.12 pm
| Education

They’ve got this schooling lark licked…

It was ice creams all round at Park Grove Primary School after it leaped up the Ofsted rankings.

After its latest inspection the school in The Groves, York, went from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ in all areas.

The 2016 Ofsted report, following an inspection between April 12 and 13, recognised Park Grove as a school on the up.

It said that the school leaders “…have made rapid improvements to key areas of concern… which have led to much better outcomes for the pupils”.

Strong improvement

Flowers planted by pupils at the school. Photograph © Park Grove School on Twitter
Flowers planted by pupils at the school. Photograph © Park Grove School on Twitter

Pupils told inspectors that they are proud of and love coming to their school. Ofsted reported that pupils’ progress and attainment at reading, writing and maths is in line with or above national averages, marking a strong improvement.

Teachers have strong subject knowledge and they understand and cater for the needs of their pupils.

“I was so impressed with the children during the inspection. Their behaviour and attitudes to learning were fantastic as always – they really deserved their ice cream treat,” said Park Grove headteacher Jo Sawyer.

“This is a fabulous achievement for the whole Park Grove School community.”

Parent and PTA treasurer Mark Allison said:

Congratulations all round on a well-deserved achievement! The ‘Good’ Ofsted rating is official confirmation of what parents already knew: that Park Grove is a fantastic place for our children to begin their academic journeys.