Ofsted success for Multi Academy Trust’s Ambleside CE Primary

Sep 27, 2018

Pupils, staff and parents at a Lake District primary are celebrating an Ofsted report which has moved their school out of Special Measures.

Ambleside CE Primary – a member of the Diocese of Carlisle’s The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust since October 2015 – has been judged to be Good with Outstanding Features.  You can read the full report here.

Inspectors highlighted the school’s Early Years’ provision and Leadership and Management as outstanding features, alongside the safety and welfare of pupils.

Headteacher Sarah Carrick said: “I’m thrilled for everyone involved with our school, that the inspector has recognised the tremendous efforts put in by everyone in the last four years.

“The key to this success is the team work that everyone has committed to: parents, pupils, staff, the local governing board, the Multi Academy Trust, local volunteers and our church communities.

“There was a big job to be done to turn around the school’s fortunes and a lot of hard work has been put in by everyone to make it happen. Making huge improvements very quickly is only the first part of the job; the hard work is then ensuring that these become embedded in what we do all the time. This Ofsted report shows we have achieved that and we will always look at ways to further improve.

“We are particularly delighted that the inspectors have recognised the importance we place on the welfare, safety and happiness of our pupils.”

Ofsted inspectors found that:

  • The combined drive and determination of the school’s trust, local governing body and headteacher have led to considerable school improvement
  • pupils are flourishing      
  • teaching is excellent
  • the school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding
  • all governors are dedicated to providing a school of real quality for the town of Ambleside and its surrounds
  • pupils are engaged so learning becomes fun
  • Early Years’ pupils have “oodles of fun”

 The school currently has 95 pupils with 10 in Nursery and 11 in Reception. Its previous inspection in 2014 saw it placed into Special Measures, meaning it became a sponsored member of the MAT.

Since then, there has been a concerted effort to turn around its fortunes, with last year’s Key Stage Two progress in reading and writing placing it in the top 25% of primary schools, nationally. The newly published Ofsted report marks the first time in 15 years that the school has attained a Good status.

Ambleside CE Primary’s results are just the latest in a series of successful Ofsted inspections for MAT member schools: Lazonby CE Primary maintained a Good status and Braithwaite CE Primary moved from Requires Improvement to Good.

 Michael Mill, Acting Chief Executive of The Good Shepherd MAT, said: “It was a joy to read the inspector’s report. It provides a fitting testament to the tremendous work that everyone has been involved with at Ambleside CE Primary. It is a credit to all staff, pupils, parents and the local governing board.

 “As a Trust, we are delighted that we were able to draw alongside one of our member schools from an early stage in their journey as they worked towards this report’s findings.

 “We all know that this report does not mark journey’s end and the Trust remains committed to its work alongside the school community as together we provide the best learning and working environment possible, all within a Christian context.”

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