SILVERSTONE Infants School, where most children from Abthorpe begin their formal education has recently received a visit from Ofsted inspectors.
Their report, written by Joseph Peacock the Lead Inspector, stated it is an outstanding school with outstanding leadership and management, plus excellent school governors. The quality of the teaching and learning was classified as excellent with the result that most pupils make outstanding progress.
This wonderful result was achieved largely through the headteacher’s inspirational leadership and management. As part of the inspection process the school was asked to self-evaluate its effectiveness. The inspectors concluded that the school was far too modest and underestimated how good it was.
Headteacher Julie Letts said staff were over the moon: “It was recognition of their extremely hard work. Theirs is very much a village school where everyone works as a team striving for high attainment and behaviour. “
Mr Peacock was delighted parents were queuing up in the playground to tell him how good the school is. Louise Gough, who lives in our village and is one of the school’s governors. said twhen she and her family first moved to Abthorpe hardly any of the children attended Silverstone schools. Now there have been occasions during the past two years, Louise continued, when the school bus sent by the transport wasn’t big enough.
John Riches, Abthorpe Correspondent