Highbank Primary School in Clifton, Nottingham, is delighted to have retained its Good judgement from Ofsted this year. Inspectors agreed that leaders created a well-organised and relevant curriculum for the entire school that prepares pupils well for their next steps in education.
Highbank unfortunately received a judgement of Requires Improvement in 2015 and then joined Transform Trust, they then received a Good Ofsted judgement in 2017, so the team are delighted to be achieving the Good grading again when re-inspected in 2023 under the new Ofsted framework.
Inspectors praised leaders’ well-organised and relevant curriculum and this is evidenced throughout the school with early years children quickly learning the basic phonics sounds and how to blend them and older children have an “enthusiasm for reading which shines through the entire curriculum” resulting in good attainment by the end of Key Stage 2 in reading, writing and mathematics. The inspectors commended the range of enriching opportunities offered to children so they can learn about themselves and the wider world. Children are also encouraged to take on leadership roles in the school.
Leaders have responded well to the different special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) of children at Highbank. Those with SEND are fully included in the classroom and life of the school. Leaders accurately identify their needs without delay when they join the school. Teachers plan appropriate support and children with SEND say “they are happy at the school.”
Highbank’s Executive Headteacher Lee Noble said: “I am delighted that our school, our children and our dedicated staff have been recognised in such a positive light in our latest Ofsted report. Our collaborative approach and commitment as a team has created a learning environment that our parents and community can be proud of.
“The Highbank community deserves the very best from its school and we are ambitious in our approach and in our plans for the future. With the continual hard work and dedication of every member of our ambitious staff team, we can get there. They are the catalyst for this journey of improvement and it would not have been possible without them. These are the people that make the biggest difference to our children and their education.”
To find out more about Highbank you can follow them on Twitter @highbankprimary and visit their website at: www.highbankpriandnursery.co.uk
To find out more about their academy trust, follow Transform Trust on Twitter @transformtrust and visit their website at: www.transformtrust.co.uk
You can read their Ofsted report by visiting: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/21/140017