Ofsted finds ‘rapidly improving’ Louth school is gaining momentum from new head

Lacey Gardens head Heather Sandy celebrates the Ofsted report with Niamh Ismay, Finley Cooksey, Ryan Simpson, Jamie Ward and Michaela Baker.

Lacey Gardens head Heather Sandy celebrates the Ofsted report with Niamh Ismay, Finley Cooksey, Ryan Simpson, Jamie Ward and Michaela Baker.

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A ‘rapidly improving’ primary school in Louth is gaining momentum from its new headteacher, according to a report from Ofsted.

Lacey Gardens Junior School, judged to be ‘satisfactory’ and requiring improvement in 2010, has earned praise from a visit from inspectors in February.

The report highlights many positive features of the school, including good behaviour of pupils and the caring, safe atmosphere of the school, while noting that pupils’ progress, particularly in mathematics, is not fast enough and that attendance, although improving, is much lower than the national average.

However, vitally, the report welcomes the ‘fresh strategic approach from the new headteacher is rapidly improving the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement and has inspired the staff team’.

Heather Sandy took up the role of headteacher in January after moving from Tattershall Primary School and has welcomed the Ofsted report.

“We have exciting plans for the future and Ofsted has recognised the excellent impact we have already had,” she said.

“It was reassuring that the targets the school has been given had already been identified in school through our self evaluation and these priorities with clear actions and timelines are already written within our school development plan for this academic year.”

During the two-day visit inspectors observed 18 lessons and part-lessons and met with pupils, staff and members of the school. During the inspection the majority of teaching observed was judged to be good or outstanding.

Rev David Newlove, chair of governors said: “We have made great progress and staff and pupils are rightfully proud of their achievements.

“I am also extremely proud of our pupils and staff and grateful to parents for their ongoing support.”

Mrs Sandy added: “The future looks promising for our school we will all continue to work extremely hard to ensure Lacey Gardens Junior School is an outstanding place for children to learn and for staff to work and I am confident we will continue to go from strength to strength.”