Top of the class!

Macey Evison, Ben Mattison, and Olivia Mallinder-Jones on front row then back Emily O Neil, Louie furniss, Luke Tomlinson-Gibbs, Head teacher, Louie Powell, Kieran Toogood and Jazmin Krygier.
Macey Evison, Ben Mattison, and Olivia Mallinder-Jones on front row then back Emily O Neil, Louie furniss, Luke Tomlinson-Gibbs, Head teacher, Louie Powell, Kieran Toogood and Jazmin Krygier.
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A SMALL village school has proved it is one of the best in the country after being recognised by national education chiefs.

Unstone St Mary’s Infant School, in Dronfield, heads a prestigious list of education providers rated as outstanding by Ofsted in the past year.

The Crow Lane site – which has just 56 pupils – is Derbyshire’s only primary school to twice clinch outstanding Ofsted status following its past two inspections.

Headteacher Stefanie Creer said: “It’s brilliant to be recognised – everyone’s really pleased. I’m privileged to have such a fantastic team who pull out all the stops to provide the very best education for a diverse range of pupils.”

In its most recent Ofsted report, inspectors praised hard-working staff and pupils and added: “There is a clear and shared ambition to do the best possible for the school, the pupils and the local community.”

The school has won several top national awards including an anti-bullying accolade and an environmental honour.

The list shows 51 Derbyshire education providers – including one children’s centre, six children’s social care providers, seven schools and 37 childcare providers – were rated as outstanding in the past year.

Miriam Rosen, Her Majesty’s chief iInspector of education, children’s services and skills, said: “From the visits I make around the country, I know just how much hard work and dedication goes in to delivering the best outcomes for children, young people and learners.

“I hope others will be inspired by these successful providers.”

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