Ofsted gives school outstanding rating

Ilkeston Charlotte infants school celebrate an outstanding ofsted report.
Ilkeston Charlotte infants school celebrate an outstanding ofsted report.

Pupils and staff at the Charlotte Nursery and Infant School are celebrating a glowing recent report after a visit by government inspectors.

The school on Trinity Close, in Ilkeston, has more than 350 pupils, aged between three and seven, and now joins a small 14% of primary schools in Derbyshire that have achieved the top ‘outstanding’ rating from the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED).

From February 11 to February 14, the school was visited by three inspectors who observed lessons and held group discussion sessions attended by pupils, head teacher Pamela Jordan and two members of the governing body. The inspectors also listened to children read and analysed their work in addition to conducting a parent survey.

Pamela, who has been at the school since 2007, said: “We are delighted that the vigorous Ofsted inspection has recognised the continuous hard work of staff and pupils.”

“It confirmed our beliefs that this school is a happy place with excellent staff, wonderful children and very supportive parents and governors,” she added.

“Our motto ‘every child, every chance, every day’ is proven by the status the school has received.”

A statement written by Ofsted on pupils’ achievements said: “Children enter the Early Years Foundation Stage with skills below those expected for their age.

“They make outstanding progress and by the time they enter year one, the number of children who attain a good level of development is well above average.”

Commenting on the quality of teaching, the report by Ofsted also states: “Teachers have high expectations of pupils and regularly provide pupils with challenges so pupils, regardless of ability, move forward rapidly with their learning.”

This is the second school Pamela Jordan has guided to outstanding status following her work in Phoenix Infant and Nursery School in Nottinghamshire seven years ago.

Pupils celebrated in a special assembly on Friday when a banner designed by school staff was revealed.