Dramatic mprovements have seen Lacey Gardens Junior School move from satisfactory to be ranked as good with outstanding features.
A government appointed Ofsted inspector rated the school as good after making vital improvements in a short space of time.
The inspector praised, in particular, the outstanding behaviour of pupils at the school, the outstanding provision made to safeguard all pupils and highlighted the outstanding leadership which has driven improvements forward.
In January 2012, Heather Sandy was appointed as the new headteacher, by the Governing Body. Only weeks into her appointment, while it was noted that a programme of improvements had already been put into place, the school was judged to be requiring improvement in February 2012. However, less than one year on, Lacey Gardens Junior School can now celebrate a bright and prosperous future.
The Ofsted report said: “The headteacher has been highly effective in pushing for rapid improvement in pupils’ achievement, their personal development and the quality of teaching. With a strong team spirit, which she has nurtured, a lot has been achieved on all fronts in such a short time. There is an unmistakable trend of rapid improvement, which demonstrates the school has developed an enduring capacity to secure and sustain further improvement.”
Mrs Sandy said: “I am grateful to the whole school community of Lacey Gardens and particularly want to thank the parents and pupils for their loyalty and support.”
“The fast pace of improvement would not have been possible without the absolute commitment and drive of the hard working staff and governors at the school. We are confident our school can go from strength to strength.”
Ofsted inspector, Krishan Sharma, commented in his report: “This much-improved school is now almost unrecognisable from its description in its last inspection report. The inspirational leadership of the headteacher is at the heart of this transformation.”
The school is now at an exciting stage in its development and is working across Lincolnshire and beyond to support other schools which need to improve.
Coun Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “The county council is delighted that Ofsted has recognised the rapid and substantial improvements at Lacey Gardens. We are proud that not only does the school no longer require improvement, it has been identified as outstanding for behaviour and leadership. This is a tribute to the hard work of the head teacher, governors, staff and children, supported by parents, carers and the local community.”