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Forest of Galtres celebrates Ofsted report

Forest of Galtres Anglican Methodist Primary School is celebrating its latest Ofsted success.

The school, which is in Shipton-by-Beningbrough on the outskirts of York, has been judged as ‘good’ after a short inspection in April. This was their first inspection since they were last graded in Apil 2013, when they also received a good rating.

The school serves families from the Shipton, Overton, Newton-on-Ouse and Tollerton area and further afield, with places for children aged from two years in its recently-established nursery provision.

The school, which joined the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust, in December 2016, is recognised in the report for maintaining “the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.” The report from Her Majesty’s Inspector, Alison Aitchison, praises the work of headteacher, Mrs Allyson Buckton and her team, stating that they “have established a vibrant and inclusive environment in which pupils feel valued and safe.”

The school has five values: creativity, collaboration, courage, care and Christian faith, which underpin all aspects of school life and the importance of these values is recognised in the report: “One pupil summarised the importance of these values by commenting: ‘They are values to live by. They help us in our learning, in our friendships and they are preparing us for secondary school.’”

The inspector also praised the positive relationship with parents, many of whom reported “the strong sense of community and the good progress that their children make academically” and the way in which the school has “dealt effectively with the areas for development identified” during the last inspection.

Headteacher, Allyson Buckton, said “We’re all absolutely thrilled with the outcome of the Ofsted inspection. I am very lucky to have such a strong team of staff who are all proud to work at this school. It’s wonderful that the report recognises the importance of our values, the quality of our teaching and the importance we place on professional development for our staff.”

Chief Executive Officer of the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust, Brian Crosby said “This is wonderful news for the team at Forest of Galtres. Since the school joined Hope Sentamu Learning Trust, it has been a delight to see them engaging fully in partnership working with colleagues across the Trust. They embody the Trust’s shared vision to provide the best education and support for pupils, so that they can thrive.”

The report also identified a few areas which the school needs to keep working on, including: embedding approaches to mathematics and writing, so that the proportion of pupils attaining the higher standards by the end of key stage 2 increases; providing opportunities to help pupils improve their spelling and support them to reach the higher standards; and ensuring pupils’ presentation and accuracy of writing are of the highest quality to further improve fluency of written work.

Forest of Galtres Anglican Methodist Primary belongs to the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust, a successful, growing Church of England multi-academy trust, which was initially founded by Manor CE Academy and Poppleton Ouesbank Primary. It now includes nine schools: Manor CE Academy, Vale of York Academy, Barlby High School, Poppleton Ouesbank, Burton Green Primary, Forest of Galtres Anglican Methodist Primary, Baldersby St James and Scarborough secondary schools, George Pindar and Graham Schools which joined the Trust on 1 March.

10 May 2019

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