Ofsted finds Nafferton Primary School outstanding in two areas

Staff, governors, parents and pupils at Nafferton Primary School were given another reason to celebrate after it received outstanding aspects from its latest Ofsted inspection.

The school on Westgate was visited on 24th and 25th May and was found to be Good overall, with outstanding areas of behaviour and attitude and personal development, the results coming at the same time as the school celebrated the end of another academic year.

Inspectors found that pupils are proud to be part of the ‘family’ at Nafferton Primary School, whilst many parents described it as ‘amazing’ and ‘unique’.

Nafferton pupils stand out. Their behaviour is exceptional. Pupils are polite and articulate. They greet people cheerfully as they move around school.

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The inspectors said: “Nafferton pupils stand out. Their behaviour is exceptional.

“Pupils are polite and articulate. They greet people cheerfully as they move around school.

“Staff teach this by example. They have high expectations of behaviour, both in lessons and at other times of the day.

“Pupils say that this helps them to learn.

“There is no bullying here because everyone treats others with respect and kindness.

“Pupils say that they feel happy and safe at school.”

School leaders are also said to have developed a curriculum which links learning to real-life experiences and this is done through visits and discovering new talents and interests.

The report went on to say: “Leaders and staff make learning exciting and memorable.

“They have developed an environment which creates curiosity and inspires children to learn.

“Leaders and governors care about the staff, families and pupils in the school.

“The ‘HARVEST’ values of happiness, aspiration, respect, values, endeavour, success and togetherness underpin the curriculum and are known by everyone in the school.

“Leaders have created a curriculum that helps pupils make links between subjects.

“Most subjects have clear plans which identify the knowledge pupils need to remember.

“This results in pupils being able to talk about learning in depth.”

Maths was discovered to be a strength of the school, evident in pupils’ workbooks, whilst those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are also supported well and are ‘challenged to be successful’.

Inspectors added: “Parents say the range of activities offered by the school helps pupils develop greater confidence to try new things.

“Governors are closely involved in the life of the school.

“Leaders are passionate about teaching pupils to care for others.

“During the pandemic, pupils attending school sang in the playground every day to cheer up the village.

“Parents value this and say that everyone in this school ‘goes the extra mile’ to help them and their families.”

The inspection found that Nafferton Primary School’s safeguarding arrangements are ‘effective’, with leaders regarding pupils’ safety as ‘the highest priority’.

Areas marked for improvement were teachers’ knowledge of phonics and supporting pupils who need to catch up in that subject, as well as insufficient details in a small number of the curriculum plans to enable teachers to plan for pupils to build knowledge over time.

Despite being Outstanding in its previous full Ofsted inspection in 2007, headteacher Paul Johnson told the Wolds Weekly he was ‘proud’ of the school.

He said: “We are, as always, exceptionally proud of our unique school.

“The inspectors were overwhelmed by the family atmosphere of our setting and how polite, caring and respectful all our children and staff are.

“The lead inspector said she would always have a part of Nafferton with her – which is all we could ask for

“It is absolutely wonderful that, after a long period of time and a new inspection framework, we have achieved outstanding in two of the areas – of which are the foundation stones of our HARVEST ethos.

“A huge thank you to our Nafferton family.”

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