THE head teacher of one of the area’s smallest schools says she hopes a recent strong Ofsted report will help to boost its numbers.
Hartington Primary School has just 14 pupils in its two classes this year but, bouyed by an inspection report that saw it improving from ‘satisfactory’ to ‘good’, staff will now put their efforts in to promoting the school and boosting numbers for next year.
Acting head teacher Tracy Blackwell said the Ofsted has given them the motivation to continue improving and aiming to become an ‘outstanding’ school next year.
She said: “We are very, very proud to have been graded as ‘good’.
“It is a huge achievement and it is down to the hard work of everyone linked with the school.
“I feel privileged to be part of such a fantastic team and it was the icing on the cake to have recognition for our lovely school.
“Having so few children this year will be very very challenging.
“To deliver a wide curriculum to a mixed class is but even though we have a very small core team the support we receive is phenomenal. staff, parents and governers work hard to ensure we rise to that challenge.
“This year we want the children to be the driving force in moving the school forward.
“We want them to be enthusiastic about what they’ve learned and to love learning, to enjoy life and what’s around them.
“That way when they get home and their parents see how enthusastic they are word of mouth will soon drive the school forward.
“There’s such a close community feel in the village but we recognise we now need to go beyond the village to attract new pupils and if we focus and all pull in the same direction we should be able to put our ideas to promote the school in to action ahead of next year.”