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Driffield Junior School gets ‘good’ Ofsted report

The friendly and caring ethos of Driffield Junior School has been highlighted after Ofsted visited the school and said it continues to be “good”.

A two-day inspection took place at the Bridlington Road school on 25th and 26th April.

The inspector said that “pupils happily come to school to work hard and do their best” and added that they “behave well” and “have positive attitudes to learning”.

He praised leaders for having “high expectations of pupils” and said both staff and pupils were “very welcoming” and therefore pupils settle quickly when they join the school.

Headteacher Linda Laird said she was delighted with the outcome of the inspection.

She said: “I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of our staff and governors has been formally recognised and that the quality of the children’s work, their progress and their positive behaviour was highlighted.

“Our teachers have worked hard to develop a relevant and fun curriculum that meets the needs of all our learners and includes everyone, no matter what their specific needs are.

“The areas mentioned in the report for further improvement were those that we had already identified for ourselves and that we spoke to the inspector about, so thankfully there were no surprises or nasty shocks.

“We were especially delighted at the responses from parents and carers to the Parent View questionnaire where 100 per cent of those who responded said that they would recommend Driffield Junior School to another parent.”

The report said that reading was a high priority in the school and staff have benefited from recent training to ensure they teach reading well and “consequently, most pupils make good gains in their reading knowledge.”

Pupils were also found to enjoy mathematics with staff using “their good subject knowledge to explain new mathematical ideas and concepts clearly.”

The report added: “Leaders are working to improve the wider curriculum that pupils experience. They have ensured that in most subjects, the curriculum sets out the key knowledge that pupils should acquire.”

The broader development of pupils was also highlighted with leaders ensuring “pupils learn about a range of faiths and cultures that are different to their own.”

The way the school is managed and led was also praised. The inspector said: “Staff speak positively about the support that they receive from leaders for their workload and well-being.

“Leaders have introduced positive changes that reduce pressure on teachers so that they can focus fully on teaching. Those responsible for governance know the school and its community well.”

The inspector said pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities were fully included in the life of the school and safeguarding was a high priority in the school.

In order to keep improving, the inspector said in a small number of wider curriculum subjects, leaders are yet to identify the precise knowledge that they want pupils to learn and the order it should be taught and advised leaders should continue to develop these subjects so that teachers are clear about how to ensure pupils’ knowledge builds over time.

He added that on occasion, books that pupils use in reading lessons are not well matched to their reading knowledge and advised leaders should review the texts and books that are used in reading lessons so that these match the reading needs of the least able readers.

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