Head teacher thrilled with Stalyhill Ofsted rating
Friday 27th January 2017 @ 14:02 by Adam Higgins
News Stalybridge

A Stalybridge head teacher has spoken of her delight after her primary school was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted following an inspection in December.

Lisa Lockett, who only took charge at Stalyhill Infants School 12 months ago, admitted that staff were well prepared ahead of the visit and the report supports her belief that school is carrying out good practices each and every day.

“We’re really, really thrilled with the result. We waited a long time for the inspection and we were really happy when it finally arrived,” she told the Reporter.

Despite carrying out the inspection with Christmas preparations in full swing, the inspectors were given a warm welcome and got to see first hand how the school works on a daily basis: “It was a tricky time of year for them come explained Mrs Lockett. “We were in the throws of nativities, Christmas preparations and the children were all very excited.

“But when they came we were ready and it’s just a case of doing what you do on a normal day and knowing that you do that to the best of your abilities.”

In the published report, Ofsted praised the head and the deputy who ‘have led staff in a shared commitment and enthusiasm to improve the school’.

Ofsted also highlighted the raising of expectations by the new head teacher saying: ‘Your drive for improvement has been focused effectively on establishing high expectations, and uncompromising consistency in the quality of teaching and learning’.

The report also recognised the relationship and communication with parents describing it as ‘a real strength of the school’.

It wasn’t just the staff who were signalled out for praise, by the Ofsted team. They also identified the schools use of puppet characters – Thinking Theo, Keep Going Kate, Teamwork Tina and Reflective Ravi – in class to embody the skills and qualities children need to be successful learners.

There was also praise for the governing body at the school and Mrs Lockett thinks having staff, parents and governors all working closely together has helped move the school forward.

“The staff have worked incredibly hard and the governors have worked incredibly hard,” she added.

“We’ve got a relatively new governing body and they had to get up to speed really quickly and they had to get to know the school very quickly. The parents are incredibly supportive and very proactive at the school. We work very closely with the junior school and it all comes together to me and we can do the best for the children.”

However, far from resting on their laurels after the inspection, Mrs Lockett is keen to keep improving: “We are incredibly ambitious for our children and we won’t rest until we feel we are doing the absolute best and we know there is still more work to do.”


By Matt Hewitt