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Wold Newton School praised for being a ‘truly inclusive family’

Staff and students at Wold Newton Foundation School have been given glowing praise by Ofsted inspectors, who said it was ‘a truly inclusive family’.

They said staff feel valued and children behave in a calm and respectful manner, as the school maintained its ranking of ‘good’.

“Leaders have created a warm, welcoming ethos at Wold Newton Foundation School,” said the Ofsted report, compiled following a one-day visit in May.

“Pupils, parents and staff feel they are valued members of a truly inclusive family. Relationships in school are strong and built on care and trust.

“Pupils say that teachers look after them well and listen if they have any concerns. Pupils are happy and feel safe.

“Pupils love coming to Wold Newton Foundation School. Pupils work hard and find their lessons interesting.

“They are proud of their learning and love talking about the books they have read in class. They say that teachers make everything exciting and fun.”

Headteacher Luke Fletcher was delighted by Ofsted’s comments.

He told the Wolds Weekly: “Everything has changed since the last time Ofsted visited us. I’m a new headteacher, we have had a complete change to the things we do and we have had a pandemic in the middle of it all.

“They want to see good quality across the whole of the curriculum, but they also take into account some of the hidden things we do, like building good character into our children and giving them opportunities for trips – the way we work together to make things fun.

“I loved the comment about it being a family at school. It really is and it was a lovely report. Oftsed got exactly where we are at and said some lovely stuff about us. It’s fantastic to get the recognition for everybody working together so well.”

The report says that the school’s leaders have ‘high expectations for their pupils and want them to achieve their best in all subjects’.

It also noted the work the school does in the community, fundraising and litter-picking.

Inspectors said: “Pupils behave in a consistently calm and respectful manner. This begins in the early years.

“Staff create a safe environment in which pupils begin to develop their independence.

“From their earliest starting points in school, pupils learn how to listen to each other and share equipment.

“Across the school, pupils have respect for one another and adults in the school. Pupils rarely disturb each other’s learning.

“Pupils leave the school as well-rounded young people who reflect the school’s values.”

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