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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Inspectors’ praise for improving Cumbrian junior school

A school which was told it needed to improve 18 months ago is heading for the other end of the scale.

Maryport school Hilda Beggs photo
Hilda Beggs

Staff, parents and pupils at Maryport Church of England Junior School are today celebrating after Ofsted graded the school as good, and are already working to achieve the top, outstanding, status.

In November 2012, the education watchdog found it required improvement and since then major changes have been brought in, which have been praised by inspectors.

The latest Ofsted report states that the school has “transformed from the ordinary, under much improved leadership and management.”

It also highlight’s the pupils’ progress as good and speeding up.

Headteacher Hilda Beggs said: “We’re delighted that Ofsted has recognised the big improvements we’ve made since our last inspection and now grades us as a ‘good’ school.

“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.”

Inspectors said that staff morale at the Camp Road school was high and people were “rapidly latching on” to the “reality that this is a school that has a lot to offer.”

The report outlines further improvements needed including doing more to convince parents that it is a rapidly improving school.

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