Primary school in Kilburn is upgraded to ‘good’ by Ofsted

Kilburn Park School Foundation staff and pupils are celebrating an Ofsted upgrading to Good

Kilburn Park School Foundation staff and pupils are celebrating an Ofsted upgrading to Good - Credit: Archant

A primary school is Kilburn is celebrating an upgrading by education watchdogs to ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ features.

Kilburn Park School in Malvern Road, was praised by Ofsted inspectors who noted the ‘outstanding’ leadership and management at the school and personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils.

The report said: “Personal development is outstanding. The school’s values that everyone should aspire to improve and give back to the community underpin the work of the school.”

It noted that the “curriculum is innovative and exciting, with many varied opportunities to learn new skills” but added that more could be done to help the most able pupils who aren’t making the rapid progress in mathematics they are capable of.

The report added: “Parents highly praise the work of the school and in particular how it prepares their children for the next stage of their education.”

The school teaches 200 children aged from seven to 11.

The inspection marks a remarkable turnaround for the school which teaches 200 children aged seven to 11.

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At the last inspection in 2013 it required improvement in all categories except the behaviour and safety of pupils.

To receive an ‘outstanding’ status education chiefs advised that teachers’ understanding and use of the new assessment system needs to improve and the most-able pupils challenged more.

Mary Arnold, chair of the school’s governing board, said: “Governors are delighted that our school’s success and its committed staff have been well recognised.

“In particular, we are proud of our children’s positive response to high standards of teaching and the widening range of learning provided.

Laurence Keel, headteacher, added: “I am so pleased that the dedication and hard work of my staff has been recognised by Ofsted. This could not have been achieved without the support of parents. But the highest praise must be directed at our wonderful children, who embrace learning and all the other opportunities provided by the school with such enthusiasm.”