Silver Springs Primary Academy has been rated “Good” overall in its latest Ofsted inspection.
Principal, Deborah Mason said she was “delighted” with the latest report, which follows a two-day visit by Ofsted in July.Inspectors graded the school “good” across all six categories – the quality of education; behaviour and attitudes; personal development; leadership and management; early years provision and overall effectiveness.
The school, which is part of the Great Academies Education Trust, has been described in its newly published report as a school where leaders have designed ambitious and balanced programmes of learning, placing “reading, mathematics, and digital excellence, at the heart of the curriculum”. Leaders prepare pupils for life in modern Britain very well”.
The report also described how staff within the 391-pupil school “are ambitious for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).” It recognised that pupils achieve well in “a broad range of subjects.” In the report pupils’ behaviour during lessons and playtimes, was described as ‘polite’ and ‘friendly’ with ‘a strong understanding of right and wrong’. Inspectors recognised that children demonstrate well-developed social skills and that they take part in a wide range of activities throughout their time at the school. Parents hold this school in high regard.
The inspectors met with school leaders and staff as well as speaking with parents, children and the school’s local governing body, academy trust leaders and members of the Board of Trustees. The school’s Principal, Deborah Mason said, “I was thrilled that inspectors recognised that Silver Springs is a school at the core of its community and that pupils told inspectors that there are no outsiders in our school. Everyone is welcome.”
“I was particularly pleased that the inspectors highlighted that our youngest children get off to an exceptional start in Early Years Foundation Stage and that they quickly develop an appreciation of language and reading. And, because teachers deal effectively with any incidents of bullying, name-calling, or teasing, children feel happy and safe at Silver Springs.”
Pat Broadley, Acting Chair of Governors at Silver Springs Primary Academy, commented: “I am delighted with the Ofsted report, which is extremely positive throughout and is a really strong reflection on all the hard work of our dedicated staff team.”
Brendan Loughran, CEO of Great Academies Education Trust, said: “Silver Springs Primary Academy is absolutely committed to its positive impact on all pupils and I am very proud to see this celebrated in this report. The passion of everyone in this school, as recognised by Ofsted, is evident not only in the way they share their love of learning in exciting and engaging ways but also in their support for every child and each other in this journey.”