School’s fate transformed

Top Marks: Classroom Assitant Laura Inglis, Headteacher Jacquie Conacher, Assistant Headteacher Patricia Barnett and the pupils of Stoney Middleton Primary School celebrate their excellent OFSTED report.
Top Marks: Classroom Assitant Laura Inglis, Headteacher Jacquie Conacher, Assistant Headteacher Patricia Barnett and the pupils of Stoney Middleton Primary School celebrate their excellent OFSTED report.

A GLOWING Ofsted report has transformed the fate of a school, just a few years after it was given a notice to improve.

Pupils and staff at Stoney Middleton Primary School are celebrating after inspectors said the school is “making good progress” following last month’s visit.

The school was named ‘Good’ across all five assessment areas, compared to their 2011 inspection which deemed them ‘Inadequate’ overall.

The outcome is a far cry from six years ago when a lack of pupils sparked fears of closure.

Headteacher Jacqueline Menzies-Conacher said: “Staff and governors have worked extremely hard to continue to improve the quality of education on offer and I’m happy this has been reflected in our report. The inspector has noted we are continuing to make progress and this is our aim, so we can build on our successes. We pride ourselves on our good teaching and caring ethos and our pupils, who are a credit to the school and the local community.”

Mrs Menzies-Conacher splits her time between Stoney Middleton and Bishop Pursglove Primary School in Tideswell, where she is also the headteacher following the formation of a partership in 2011.

Between 2005 and 2008 the number of pupils had fallen from 28 to 17 and although today there are still just 14 pupils, the future is looking brighter.

Cllr Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “This is an amazing achievement for a school which was earmarked for closure in 2006. This positive report is the reward that staff, pupils and parents deserve and I congratulate them. Their success is shared by the community that they play such a part in and I wish them well in their ambitious plans for the future.”

Cllr Longden urged parents in and around the village with children approaching school age, to show their support by sending them to Stoney Middleton Primary.