Top-class report for expanding primary school
A PRIMARY school earmarked for expansion for the next two summers has been judged outstanding by Ofsted inspectors. Mandeville JMI in St Albans was selected by Herts County Council as one of two schools which will be expanding their intake from this summe
A PRIMARY school earmarked for expansion for the next two summers has been judged outstanding by Ofsted inspectors.
Mandeville JMI in St Albans was selected by Herts County Council as one of two schools which will be expanding their intake from this summer in order to help cope with the shortfall in primary places in St Albans city centre
It had been overdue for a new Ofsted inspection when some parents voiced their concern about their children getting places there even though it was not one of their three named schools and would mean a long journey for the youngsters.
But an Ofsted inspection carried out just before Easter praised the school as outstanding in every major category and overall.
Particular mention was made of the foundation stage, achievements and standards, curriculum provision and the high quality of pastoral support for parents and families.
The inspectors praised pupils for being, "sociable, considerate, well-mannered, friendly and tolerant" and described them as excellent ambassadors for their school which they enjoyed attending.
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The teaching staff were also commended for seizing every opportunity to encourage pupils' personal development and the leadership of the head, Amanda Godfrey, with the support of the senior team, was found to be outstanding, forward-thinking and determined.
Special mention was made of the school's outstanding care for its pupils and the inspectors commented confidently about Mandeville's capacity to sustain the high quality of its provision and improve even further.
The head said: "This is a fantastic validation of the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in this school, including the children, staff, governors, parents and also the wider community who contribute to its success."
The whole school is celebrating its success at Willows Farm in London Colney today (Thursday) and Ms Godfrey will be cutting a cake along with John Harris, the director of Herts County Council's children, schools and families department.