STAFF, pupils and parents at a primary school are ‘delighted’ with a ‘good’ rating after an Ofsted inspection.
Heron Park Primary Academy in Eastbourne, part of the Aurora Academies Trust, was last inspected in October 2018 when it was found that it needed improvement.
In the latest report, inspectors noted that “pupils are proud of their school and happy at school”.
Ofsted praised the offer for those in the early years, saying “kids chat happily to staff and to each other as they learn”.
The report recognized the school’s work and confidence in driving improvements despite the challenges of the pandemic.
It said: “Leaders, staff and governors are a dedicated and ambitious team.
“Together they have greatly improved the school.”
Principal Jo Richardson said: “The pandemic has presented significant challenges for schools but we have remained absolutely committed to ensuring that Heron Park provides the highest standard of education possible.
“I am thrilled that Ofsted has recognized the improvements we have made and the positive impact they are having on all of our students.”
They also praised staff development, saying, “Leaders have made staff development a key priority.”
Thomas McMorrin, Principal, said: “I am delighted that Ofsted has highlighted our new curriculum and expert teaching.
“This positive report gives us great confidence that we are working on the right things and will continue to work hard to make Heron Park a truly great school.”
The report also highlighted the effectiveness of child safeguarding at the school and the way the school works with families.
Praising the school’s overall work, the inspectors said: “The principals ensure that the students’ personal development is carefully planned.
“Students benefit from a wide range of clubs and activities such as field trips that enrich the curriculum.”
Ofsted asked the school to continue working on the curriculum.
The inspectors said: “The school’s curriculum is not yet as effective as it could be in some subjects.
“Leadership actions indicate that they are making good progress in their work to implement the refined curriculum, but there is more work to be done.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20282525.ofsted-success-heron-park-primary-academy-eastbourne/?ref=rss Multiple success for Heron Park Primary Academy, Eastbourne