Ofsted praise for Cotmanhay Junior School

Pupils at Cotmanhay Junior School were overjoyed to hear the school has been rated as Good by Ofsted inspectors.
Pupils at Cotmanhay Junior School were overjoyed to hear the school has been rated as Good by Ofsted inspectors.

Staff, students and parents at Cotmanhay Junior School have welcomed the verdict of a recent Ofsted inspection.

Inspectors graded the school as Good - the second highest level possible - following their visit in December.

It represents a remarkable transformation for a school which has never been graded Good or better, and has edged close to special measures and a forced academy takeover.

Simon Robinson, headteacher since September 2012, said: “It’s a wonderful achievement, but no more than the children, parents and staff deserve.

“Obtaining a good grade is more difficult than it used to be, owing to the constant upward shift of expectations from both Ofsted and the government.”

He added: “Getting a good grade in an area of high social deprivation is even more challenging as the inspection framework leans in favour of more affluent communities.”

Robinson attributes the upturn in fortunes to the work of staff, their desire to deliver safe, happy learning and a culture of high expectations.

He said: “Teachers and teaching assistants deserve credit for dedicating their lives to our young people.”

Simon and his staff are attempting to implement a long-term vision for the school and its place in the community.

He said: “The school’s core purpose is to give the people of Cotmanhay hope. We’re giving pupils everything they need to manage that change. And we’re winning.”

Ofsted found that the school has a strong leadership team, creating the capacity for continuous improvements. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics and are well prepared for the next stage in their education. Attendance has soared in recent years and is well above the national average.