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OFSTED Praise 'Courteous' and 'Enthusiastic' Pupils at Hunningley Primary Academy

OFSTED Praise 'Courteous' and 'Enthusiastic' Pupils at Hunningley Primary Academy

Pupils are able to flourish in their academic learning and through wider opportunities as part of the school’s commitment to an Education with Character

Following a short inspection in November, the school was commended for continuing to provide a supportive and safe environment where pupils are able to ‘flourish’. The Inspector lauded the school’s academic offering, noting that teachers provide an ‘ambitious curriculum’ and that pupils are ‘enthusiastic about their learning.’ The report is clear that there is evidence the school would be ‘Outstanding’ in a full Section 5 inspection.

Outside of the classroom, the Inspector commented that pupils have ‘many opportunities to take on responsibilities’, including as pupil ambassadors or in other pupil leadership roles, and ‘speak positively about the opportunities provided to broaden their experiences’. Pupils also ‘feel safe in school’ and have a knowledge of who to turn to if they have any issues.

The entire school community seeks to foster a warm and welcoming environment, with pupils said to ‘show kindness and respect towards each other’ and ‘play happily together’ during social times. In line with this, parents see staff as ‘friendly and approachable’ and ‘speak highly of the school’. The report praised teachers’ ‘strong subject knowledge’ and their commitment to ensuring pupils’ understanding. 

The school was also commended for its Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision with the Inspector noting that ‘pupils with SEND make strong progress and achieve well.’

Catherine Horton-Hale, Principal at Hunningley Primary Academy, said:

“We are immensely proud of the feedback we have received in our most recent Ofsted report. It is wonderful to see the Inspector recognise the effort that staff and pupils alike put in to cultivating a warm, welcoming and friendly environment at the academy. Following a difficult past two years, it is so important to us to ensure our pupils are both enjoying their learning and continuing to make strong progress – and this report is testament to our success.”

Darran Ellison-Lee, Director of Primary Education at United Learning, said:

“This report reflects the strong relationships between pupils and staff, as well as across the whole school community, and the ambitious vision and curriculum that has been set by Mrs Horton-Hale and her team.

“Although Covid-19 continues to be widespread across the country, everyone at the school remains focused on helping every child to thrive in their learning and ensuring they are able to make the most of their time in school. It is vital that this work continues at pace throughout the academic year and we are grateful for everything families are doing to support this.”

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Posted: Jan 24, 2022,
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