A headteacher is hoping to have finally shrugged off her primary school’s negative image after Ofsted gave it the thumbs up.
Tracy Prickett says the ‘good’ rating given by inspectors visiting The Reddings in Bennetts End, Hemel Hempstead, is the result of five years of hard work.
“This school deserves a break,” she said.
“It really is a good little school. It is tucked away in Bennetts End and is unknown. It’s going from strength to strength.”
The school, where for 30 per cent of the children English is their second language and 39 per cent come from families on low incomes, was praised for pupils’ achievement in nursery and reception classes and inspectors said that in Years 1 to 6 youngsters achieve well in most lessons and for some achievement is outstanding.
Miss Prickett said: “When I came to this school it was nothing like the school we are now. It was very much a school that was not good enough.
“It has been a real struggle at times. When we got the Ofsted judgement we were so over-excited, there were tears of joy.”
The school, in Bennetts End Road, was classed as ‘good’ when inspectors last visited back in 2007, but under new Ofsted guidelines introduced this year it is now harder to achieve that grading.
Miss Prickett said: “This is my gold medal and it is a team gold medal.”
Now the school is aiming to secure an ‘outstanding’ marking when inspectors next come knocking.
“Our vision is success for all,” said Miss Prickett, who has been headteacher at the school since 2006.
“There is a real positive vibe of ‘we can do it and this is the way we are going to do it’. Nothing is impossible.”
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