St Mary’s Infant School in Shackleford has maintained its ‘outstanding’ grade in a recent Ofsted Inspection in February 2019.
This achievement is particularly notable given that only 6% of schools nationally are judged ‘outstanding’ and less than 3% of them have maintained their outstanding grade at the next inspection.
Diocesan Director of Education, Alex Tear said:
"This is an exceptional achievement by the staff, pupils and governors of St Mary's Church of England Infant School, Shackleford. To maintain the school's Outstanding Ofsted judgement is highly unusual and reflects the hard work, commitment and passion of everyone involved in the school to ensure that every child receives an exceptional start to their education at St Mary's.
Only a very small number of schools across the whole country receive this recognition and accolade by Ofsted and we are very proud to have St Mary's CE Infant as one of our Church schools within the diocesan family"
Headteacher, Mrs Serena Roberts said:
“I am so proud of this achievement that reflects the drive and dedication of my team in this small rural school where “Creating a Love for Learning” is what we do best.
“One of the great strengths of small schools like ours is that everyone, knows every child, so we can spot any difficulties and respond to them quickly, which is vital in these early years.
“We work as a very close-knit team which helps us ensure the best outcome for every child, and we pride ourselves on creating a welcoming and nurturing family environment.”
The school strives to develop the whole child with extra-curricular activities and, under Mrs Robert’s leadership, has developed the Creative Curriculum and introduced Philosophy for Children (P4C), which teaches even the youngest children caring, collaborative, creative and challenging thinking skills, building resilience and confidence in group settings.
Outdoor learning and exploration at school, play an increasingly important part in the children’s development and the school has continuously improved and added to its outdoor facilities including access to private woodland, the school garden, tree-house classroom and orienteering course.