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Hilgay's primary given Good Ofsted

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Staff and pupils at Hilgay Riverside Academy are celebrating after receiving a rating of ‘good’ from Ofsted inspectors.

The report highlighted many areas for praise within the school, including the community feel where ‘everyone knows each other well’, the confidence of pupils and the ambitious curriculum.

Pupils were observed as behaving well in lessons and as being kind and respectful to teachers and each other.

Hilgay Riverside Academy celebrate a good Ofsted, July 2022, (58199519)
Hilgay Riverside Academy celebrate a good Ofsted, July 2022, (58199519)

Students at the school, which is part of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust, were found to consistently meet high expectations as well as listen to each other and respond sensitively.

The school’s curriculum was highlighted as a strength, with learning ‘planned step-by-step from reception to Year 6’ and gaps in curriculum and knowledge constantly monitored to ensure pupils are always ready for the next stage.

Headteacher Sarah Turner said: “We are extremely pleased to have been rated good by Ofsted.

“The result shows just how hard the staff work and how much they care about the education and wellbeing of all the pupils.”

Reading was also highlighted as an area which is championed by staff at the school, with teachers having been ‘well trained with secure subject knowledge to teach reading.’

When considering wellbeing, the report found that pupils are confident that staff will help them to deal with any forms of bullying, though they are rare and that teachers help them to learn about expressing their emotions, such as through setting up clubs, including ‘girl up’ – a group to help support older female students.

Mrs Turner added: “Additionally, it highlights our brilliant students, whose hard work and kindness always shines through.

“I am proud of the school’s achievements and look forward to building on this result.”

The early years provision was also noted as being ‘well-considered’ with children benefiting from effectively focused teacher sessions and then being supported to work independently to apply the knowledge.

The good result is particularly positive as it comes following a previous inspection which found that the school ‘required improvement’.

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