Ofsted gives primary school in Neasden an early Christmas present

Kim Beat, headteacher, and pupils (pic credit: Jan Nevill)

Kim Beat, headteacher, and pupils (pic credit: Jan Nevill) - Credit: Archant

Education inspectors have handed a welcomed Christmas present to a primary school in Neasden by awarding them a ‘good’ in all areas

Children and staff at Braintcroft Primary School in Warren Road, are celebrating after the thumbs up from Ofsted.

Inspectors commented on the head teacher’s ‘high ambitions’ for the school, the ‘strong and effective’ governing body, and the way teachers maintain pupils’ focus by pitching teaching closely to their learning needs.

Their report also stated: “The strong team of teaching assistants and other adults makes a significant contribution to pupils’ learning’ and remarked that ‘the pupils greatly enjoyed studying topics in depth in the school’s ‘connected curriculum’.

“The pupils themselves were described as ‘very keen to learn and try hard at all times…pupils treat others with respect and courtesy, and are very polite and well mannered.’”

While inspectors praised the school, which was place n special measures shortly before Kim Beat joined as its headteacher, they noted teachers should check pupils’ understanding fully and give them more time to respond to comments in their mathematics marking.

The also noted the school needed to consistently develop children’s wider reading skills and encourage them to read at home.

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Ms Beat said: “We are absolutely delighted with this report and it is wonderful to finish the autumn term on a high.

“The Ofsted judgement is down to the great teamwork in the school, supportive parents and engaged and enthusiastic children.”