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Town Centre School Receives Glowing Report

Tuesday October 22 2013

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AFTER several disappointing school reports in recent weeks, there's been good news for one town centre primary as it's received a glowing report from Ofsted after its recent inspection.

Summer Lane Primary School was consistently good and had outstanding elements in several lessons.

Ofsted subsequently improved its overall rating from 'satisfactory' to 'good'.

The report said: "The school is well led and managed by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable leadership team who sets high standards but knows how to make school a happy place."

It said pupils behave well and are good at working together and learning from each other and they enjoy school, describing it as 'joyful, everyone is friends'.

Standards were seen to be much improved with ‘pupils achieving well from individual starting points’ and by the end of year six, attainment is above average and more than half of pupils exceeded expected levels.

Heateacher Rob Smith said: "It's an extremely positive report and I'm exceptionally proud of all the hard work that everyone associated with Summer Lane has put into moving the school into 'good' and making it a school to be proud of.

"We now intend to continue on our journey towards becoming an outstanding school."

Inspectors said the school wasn't yet an 'outstanding' school because teachers don't always give pupils time to respond to developmental points when they mark their work, which means pupils tend to repeat mistakes.

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Reply Posted by Lee on Tuesday October 22 2013 at 14:22
My son was educated here and he enjoyed his whole time at Summer Lane. Congratulations to Mr Smith and his entire team. You are all a credit to your professions, the LEA, and most importantly yourselves. On behalf of my son and myself, many many thanks. Exemplary work!.

Reply Posted by S J Morgan on Wednesday October 23 2013 at 09:56
As a member of staff in the school we see this as a recognition of the dedicated parents and staff that have been so supportive of the school. Summer Lane has a very special feel to it. It puts children and parents first in its decisions and addresses any difficulties in partnership. The children are generally happy and settled because the adults at both home and school are with their education.

Thankyou to all who have a history of supporting the school present and past.

Reply Posted by me on Tuesday October 29 2013 at 14:06
Why has it caught fire.