Summerseat Methodist Primary School has been rated as ‘good’ in its latest Ofsted report.

The inspection of the school took place on November 7 and 8 and was rated outstanding in personal development and good in all other areas.

The school is part of the Epworth Education Trust, having joined it in 2020 when it received the lowest rating of inadequate.

The Ofsted report found that pupils enjoy learning at the school and become accomplished readers and develop curiosity, resilience and confidence.

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The report also stated that: “Pupils demonstrate exceptionally high levels of respect and sensitivity towards others who may be different to themselves.

“Pupils value the support that staff provide when they feel worried or overwhelmed.

“Pupils told inspectors that staff quickly sort out any problems that may arise.

“This ensures that pupils feel safe and happy at school.”

The curriculum was described as ambitious and captures pupil’s interests and the school provides effective support and guidance for teachers so they know what pupils should learn in each subject.

Teachers also typically check that pupils know what they need to know before moving on to new learning, however, small improvements could be made in this area.

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The report said: “At times, some teachers do not check pupils’ understanding carefully enough.

“In addition, teachers are more adept at checking what pupils are expected to know in some subjects than they are in others.

“As a result, some pupils’ learning is not as secure as it could be because gaps in their knowledge have not been noted or addressed swiftly enough.”

The school is skilled at identifying the needs of children with special educational needs and makes sure they still benefit from the same ambitious curriculum as other pupils.

Reading was said to be at the heart of the curriculum to make sure children develop sufficient fluency and accuracy so they can access the rest of the curriculum with ease.

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The report added: “The school provides impressive support for pupils’ wider development.

“This means that by the time each pupil reaches Year 6, they have the self-assurance and skills to make a tangible contribution to the school and the wider community.”

Julie Whittaker, Headteacher, said: “I’m delighted to confirm that during our recent inspection, Ofsted recognised the incredible transformation that has taken place at Summerseat Methodist Primary School over the last few years.

“As a result, our school has now been rated ‘Good’ across every category, with the notable exception of Personal Development, which was deemed to be ‘Outstanding’.

“When Epworth Education Trust stepped in to help our school in 2020 it would be fair to say that times were challenging and we desperately needed their support, but I am so proud of all the progress we have made as a school family.

“With a clear shared vision and by working collaboratively with such supportive colleagues across the Trust, we are committed to providing the very best opportunities for our children and our families.”

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Julie-Ann Hewitt, CEO of Epworth Education Trust, said: “At the heart of our trust is an absolute commitment to doing all we can, in whatever way we can, for our children and our communities.

“Through this partnership, we can do incredible things together.

“What has been achieved at Summerseat Methodist Primary School really is testament to this.

“My thanks go to all of the staff, parents and members of the wider community who have supported the school over the last few years, and, of course, the wonderful children who we are incredibly proud of!”