Trumacar School is back on the map

Trumacar Nursery and Community Primary School have received a Good rating from Ofsted.
Trumacar Nursery and Community Primary School have received a Good rating from Ofsted.
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A Heysham Primary School is working its way to the top after being awarded a good inspection.

Trumacar Nursery and Community Primary School has battled away from the “Inadequate” inspection it received in 2010.

Now the school is back on the map as a recent OFSTED inspection rated the school “Good.”

Headteacher Paul Slater has said its been a “roller coaster ride” for staff and pupils.

Mr Slater said: “I am overjoyed, it has been a roller coaster time. I took over in 2012 and I was involved with the school since their inadequate inspection, it has been an incredible journey.

“The whole ethos and atmosphere of the school has changed, it is back to what it used to be.

“It is not just about the academic side of things, it is about the children, we take them to places and give them an array of opportunities and the staff are behind the school all the way.”

OFSTED inspectors said the headteacher, governors and staff have significantly improved the school since the last “satisfactory” inspection in 2013.

The school were marked good for the effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, Personal development, behaviour and welfare, outcomes for pupils and early years provision.

The effectiveness of teaching, learning and assessment in the school was found to be typically good, resulting in pupils making good progress overall, particularly in Key Stage 2 and the early years.

To achieve the outstanding rating the school must ensure more pupils are achieving outcomes at the end of Key Stage 1 that are at or above those of pupils nationally.

Inspectors also found that some pupils, particularly the most able are not challenged sufficiently and activities do not always improve their skills.

Mr Slater said: “The improvements are all things we are working on anyway, it wasn’t new news to me. We have been aiming for this and focusing on getting children to a certain level. We are not just about academics, we take our children out on lots of trips, even a trip on a train can be exciting.

“I am proud now but we are expecting it to be a lot better in the future too.”

Trumacar recently won The Visitor Primary School of the Year Award and The Visitor Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award.

Mr Slater and staff are hoping to progress further to gain the “Outstanding” rating from school inspectors.

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