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Ofsted success for Sigglesthorne

School inspectors have praised an East Riding school for its high expectations for every child and how pupils get off to a “flying start” in early years.

Sigglesthorne Church of England Primary Academy received a “Good” rating from Ofsted.

Mrs Sarah Hall, headteacher, said: “We are thrilled that school inspectors have confirmed what parents and governors have always believed. This is a lovely school at the heart of its community where everyone pulls together and puts the children first.”

In its report, inspectors said Christian values are central to the life of the school. All the pupils learn why community, truth and perseverance are important, enjoy their time in school and are proud to be part of the Sigglesthorne team.

The report continues: “Pupils feel safe and feel valued as individuals. The school creates strong partnerships with families. Parents say staff know their children well and take good care of them.

“The school engages well with the local community. Pupils were able to explain why they lead the village Remembrance service each year. Adults help pupils to consider the wider world and the school has links with a school in Sierra Leone – this helps pupils to have a better understanding of quality.

“Leaders have given reading high priority across the school. Pupils get off to a flying start in the early years… most pupils become fluent readers in early key stage 1.”

Richard Ludlow, chief executive of Ebor Academy Trust, which Sigglesthorne Church of England Primary Academy joined in December 2016, said the report was a good reflection of a successful school.

“Our trust is a family of 24 schools, working together for the benefit of all children and young people,” he said. “I’m delighted that Ofsted have recognised our staff’s dedication. Well done to all concerned.”

• Perfect Christmas present: Mrs Sarah Hall, front right, with Mrs Jacqui Grant, front left, with children and staff at Sigglesthorne Church of England Primary Academy. At the time of the inspection Mrs Hall and Mrs Grant were co-headteachers at the school.

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