At the beginning of December, Ofsted visited North Lakes School, giving the normal half day’s notice. Staff and children, with the support of many governors and parents took the opportunity to show what the school is about. After a very intense two days, Ofsted produced a Report which is a good reflection of the school.
North Lakes has now been recognised as a “good school”, which is an improvement on the previous grading in 2011, mainly because pupils results and progress are improving, and the inspectors saw more teaching that was good or better.
Headlines include a lot of very positive statements. All groups of pupils achieve well and show genuine enjoyment of school. Teaching is good, and marking is thorough and constructive. Pupils behave well and say they feel very safe in school. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the school, which is well placed to improve further.
The school’s leaders, governors and staff know the school well and Ofsted has recognised this because the points which they raise for improvement, in writing and in teaching, are already school priorities.
The Report is good recognition of a great deal of hard work by the whole staff team, as well as the children. We would like to thank parents and governors for their support, and we have also been very conscious of the support of colleagues in other Penrith schools, which is much appreciated.
We are pleased that Ofsted have captured some of the real flavour of the school, talking about a “very rich and stimulating learning environment”, and “a wealth of additional activities which the pupils speak about with great enthusiasm.” The Report says that “staff and pupils are rightly proud of the very high standard of singing and sporting success which the school enjoys.”
It is good that so many positives have been recognised and this is an encouragement to us all to keep working hard, to enjoy being part of the North Lakes School community and to continue to improve further in the coming years.
The full report is available to download below