Oakwood Infant and Nursery School saw its Ofsted grading boosted from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’, with the inspector praising the head teacher for her “tenacious determination” and how she has “remorselessly” driven the setting forward with the support of staff.

The report highlighted that, in the 2 years since their previous inspection, the setting has been following an intense programme of improvement. It stated that both school leaders and governors have high aspirations for the setting, ensuring that for pupils “no barrier is seen as insurmountable”.

Head teacher Kathy Maquire-Egan said: “The children, staff and governing board have worked exceptionally hard over the past two years and I am very proud of our achievements.

“We will continue to strive to provide high standards of education for all our pupils.”

The report continued to highlight the improvements, with feedback from pupils stating that learning was “fun and interesting” and the majority of parents agreeing that their children were happy and well cared for.

Whilst the setting was praised for improvements in children’s phonics and writing, it was highlighted that there was still room to build on this. It was stated that children needed more opportunities to hone their writing and mathematical skills in other subjects.

The report continued to highlight improvements for children with special educational needs or disabilities, stating that the children were able to flourish. The report also noted that the school needs to ensure work is “sufficiently challenging” across the board.

Co-chairs of governors, Christine Chadbourne and Jenny Cooke, said of the result:

“The Oakwood governing board would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all the staff in improving the standard of education for all our learners.”

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