During the two day visit, Inspectors also highlighted the academy’s ‘consistently good teaching,’ ‘significant improvement in pupil outcomes’ and ‘very positive climate for learning.’ In addition, the school, which was classed as failing before being taken over by academy sponsor United Learning in 2014, has now been ranked the area’s best performing primary school for the second year running.
As part of the December inspection, the Ofsted team observed teaching and learning in all classes, met with Headteacher Lindi Nejrup, her staff and pupils and also interviewed parents and governors. Key strengths highlighted by the inspectors included:
- “The inspirational leadership of the headteacher…..has brought about significant improvements in teaching and pupils’ outcomes.”
- “Consistently good teaching enables all pupils to achieve well.”
- “There is excellent capacity to improve further...”
- “Teachers create a very positive climate for learning.”
- “Leader’s strongly promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”
- “There is a strong culture of safeguarding within the school.”
- “Pupils make good progress from their different starting points, particularly in reading and mathematics.”
- “Disadvantaged pupils make good progress in line with their peers and on occasion, better than their peers…Progress was significantly above average and in the top 10% of school’s nationally in reading.”
- “Pupils behave well and feel extremely safe at school.”
- “Children make good progress in the early years because it is well led and managed and teaching is consistently good. Children make good progress and the proportion reaching a good level of development in 2015 and 2016 was above average.”
- “Parents have very positive views of the school and are fully involved in supporting their children through home learning journals.”
- “Staff morale is very high.”
- “Governance is highly effective.”
Ofsted also praised the role of academy sponsor United Learning. Stated inspectors: “Since becoming an academy and working in close partnership with United Learning, there has been significant improvement in pupil outcomes and in the quality of teaching.”
Commenting on the report, Silverdale Primary Academy Headteacher Mrs Lindi Nejrup said:
“This is excellent news for everyone connected with the school and in particular, pupils, parents, staff and governors, whose continued support and dedication is very much appreciated. This is a major step forward for the academy and is official recognition of the significant improvements we have seen here in the last two years.
“As the deadline approaches for admissions for reception and nursery places, the Ofsted report also demonstrates to parents looking for a place for their child the excellent environment and opportunities that we provide for all of our children.”
Darren Lee, United Learning’s Director of Primary Education added:
“Whilst the academy continues to strive for consistently outstanding provision, this report is well deserved and is a testament to the hard work of the whole school community in driving improvement.”
Based at the Racecourse in Silverdale, Staffordshire and set in its own grounds, Silverdale Primary Academy has recently benefitted from £300,000 worth of enhancements, including improvements to classrooms, arts and library facilities and outdoor equipment, as well as launching the ‘Silverdale Top 20’ – its new pupil charter. It also provides free full-time nursery places to parents of children aged 3 to 4.