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Teaching standards at school win Ofsted accolade

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

By Carolyn Bointon

  • chairman of governors Tim Morris

  • Head teacher Hazel Jaques and chairman of governors Tim Morris with pupils, from left, Krae Wildman, 6, Mia Waring, 7, Fletcher Cuthbert, 6, Oscar Bridge, 7, Charlie Carolan, 7.

  • Hazel Jaques, head, Hilltop school ashbourne tel 01335 343041

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THE lead inspector for Ofsted has praised one of Ashbourne's infant and nursery schools in a recent inspection.

Hilltop school, in Wyaston Road, had already achieved a good grade in previous inspections, but this time the inspector said some elements were worthy of a higher mark.

The report noted that the behaviour and safety of students in particular was outstanding.

Nigel Grimshaw, lead inspector for Ofsted, said: "Pupils are extremely courteous, polite, get on well together and show respect for all. They say that they feel exceptionally safe in school and their parents agree."

Standards of teaching are getting better too, he said. He added: "Teaching is good and some is outstanding, and has improved over time. Pupils' overall level of achievement was good, the report showed, with standards in reading, writing and mathematics consistently well above national averages."

The chairman of the board of governors, Tim Morris, believes part of the school's success is down to its ethos of creating a happy, family environment. He said: "We are absolutely delighted with the outcome of the report, and very proud of all the children and the staff here.

"The school strives very hard to offer pupils a happy and friendly environment in which to learn."

The report praised the governor team, saying it was one of the school's strengths, and that the team was fully committed to the school and its development.

The school has 144 pupils, aged from three to seven years old.

Attendance was found to be consistently above the national average and had been for several years.

The report also highlighted the satisfaction felt by parents of the pupils.

Mr Grimshaw said: "Parents are delighted with the quality of education provided by the school.

"One parent said his child was learning fast and enjoys all the activities, and that he couldn't be happier."

Hazel Jaques, head teacher, said: "I couldn't be prouder of everyone involved.

"I'm thrilled that the report reflected our lovely school and our excellent results."

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