September 26th, 2016

Crabbs Cross thanks teaching staff for glowing Ofsted report

THE EXECUTIVE head of a Crabbs Cross school is putting a glowing Ofsted report down to the teaching abilities of her staff.

Sue Foster-Agg is praising the team at Crabbs Cross Academy, including new head teacher Sarah Shakles, for their efforts in raising the school out of special measures.

“It’s brilliant news,”Sue said. “We have a really strong staff team that work really well together and are focusing on improvements.”

The Evesham Road site was rated as Good across the board during an inspection which took place on July 14 and 15 whilst an earlier inspection in 2012, when the site was known as The Harry Taylor First School, found it to be Inadequate.

Sue called the 2012 report ‘fair’ and agreed it was deserved at that time, adding the current improvement is ‘all thanks to the teaching staff’.

She said: “I wouldn’t have disputed it – this school was in special measures at that time but we immediately started working on all of the areas that need improvement and now we virtually have a brand new teaching team.”

The executive head also attributed the improvement in pupil behaviour to her teaching staff, adding that behaviour was highlighted in the original report ‘quite rightly’ but students are now learning differently.

She added: “We now have resilient and imaginative learners who think through problems to solve them.”

A cohesive curriculum is now in place across the Academy and children are fully engaged with the teaching syllabus.

Youngsters are encouraged to engage with their teachers with regards to what they would like to learn and have consequently enjoyed a trip to the Houses of Parliament after holding their own ‘mini parliament’ in the classroom.

New head teacher Sarah, who joins Crabbs Cross from a deputy head position at Upton-upon-Severn CE Primary School, added the school is now working towards the coveted rank of Outstanding on its next inspection in 2018.

She added: “We are feeling positive and are well on the way.”

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