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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Maryport school has transformed says report

Maryport Junior School has been transformed, according to Government inspectors.

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GOOD WORK: Headteacher Hilda Beggs is celebrating Maryport Junior School’s good Ofsted report

In November 2012 the school was judged by Ofsted to have improved, and following a return visit last month inspectors have given it a “good” rating in all respects.

They referred to it as a “rapidly improving school.”

Inspectors said the school now needed to convince the community that it was a school where, by year six, pupils were performing above national averages and meeting the requirements set out in 2012.

The inspectors said: “Maryport Junior School is a school transformed from the ordinary.

“Under much improved leadership and management it shows a lot of potential for further improvement.”

The report said the “relentless drive” to improve teaching was working and there was now an expectation of excellence rather than adequacy.

This, it said, had led to good teaching and good staff morale.

Leadership, management and governance were also rated as “good” and there was a strong focus on raising standards.

But, the report added, further progress was hindered by persistent staff absences which resulted in some teachers not benefiting from training and performance management.

There also needed to be better communication between the school and parents.

Hilda Beggs, headteacher, said: “We’re delighted that Ofsted has recognised the big improvements we’ve made.

“While we are fully aware further work is needed for us to become ‘outstanding’, we’re very much heading in the right direction and that is testament to all the hard work of staff, governors pupils and parents.”

Maryport Junior School is smaller than average with 126 pupils. Numbers have halved over 10 years but enrolment for next year has risen considerably.

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