Hutton Henry school’s efforts are ‘outstanding’

Hutton Henry Primary School head teacher Susan Gibbins with pupils (left to right) Amy Wilkinson, Charlie Horn, Lily Payne, Will Crake and Eve Mutton with their outstanding Ofsted report.

Hutton Henry Primary School head teacher Susan Gibbins with pupils (left to right) Amy Wilkinson, Charlie Horn, Lily Payne, Will Crake and Eve Mutton with their outstanding Ofsted report.

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A village school is celebrating after receiving a glowing report from education watchdogs.

Ofsted says Hutton Henry Primary School is “oustanding”.

The school achieved the top mark in all areas, including achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

The school has improved since its “good” rating in 2009.

Headteacher of the 46-pupil school Susan Gibbins said: “We were a ‘good’ school for a long time, and just getting that confirmation that the hard work and the commitment of all staff, families and governors associated with the school paid off into an ‘outstanding’ grade makes us really proud.”

In their report, Ofsted inspectors Gordon Potter and Ann Vernon say: “Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. They typically have attainment which is well above average by the end of Year 6 and make outstanding progress from their starting points.

“Teaching is outstanding. Work is challenging and pitched at exactly the right level for all pupils. Pupils know exactly what skills they are learning, what they need to do to succeed and how they can improve their work.

“Learning excites pupils, helps them see the links between subjects and offers them many chances to practise their skills in writing and mathematics. Pupils particularly enjoy art and design, history, science and drama.”

It adds that the head’s leadership is “excellent” and she and governors have “improved teaching and re-established high standards in reading, writing and maths. They know exactly what needs to be done to make the school better still.”