Congratulations to Collingwood Primary School who achieved Good outcomes at their recent inspection!

Collingwood Primary is a great example of what can be achieved through determined use of partnership strategies. In 2013 their Ofsted report stated that:

‘Teaching is not consistently good across the school. Some teachers do not have high enough expectations, particularly of the more-able pupils. It also said that despite improvements this year, leaders and managers have not yet been fully effective in ensuring teaching and achievement are consistently good’.

In 2016 after 18 months of partnership on the NAHT Aspire programme, the situation has changed significantly. Now Ofsted say that:

the headteacher, with excellent support from senior leaders and strong support from governors, has successfully driven improvement forward since the last inspection. The school has greatly improved. Teaching and pupils’ outcomes have moved from requiring improvement to good, and the school continues to improve’.

 Teaching has developed really well. Now, ‘Teachers make good use of detailed systems for assessing pupils’ achievement in English and mathematics. Together with leaders, they use the information from their assessments to identify pupils who need extra help and drive their learning forward. Teachers have high expectations of pupils’ learning in most subjects and they make good use of questioning to deepen pupils’ thinking’.

But it’s not just about core subjects. Every other area of the current report recognises the strengths of the school and its determination to keep on improving. Well done to all at Collingwood!