Positive outlook helps improve school’s rating

Boxmoor Primary School Ofsted success.
Boxmoor Primary School Ofsted success.

A headteacher’s sunny outlook combined with the hard work of her staff has helped raise standards at Boxmoor Primary School.

The school has been rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors following two previously disappointing watchdog rankings.

Headteacher Vicky Evans, who joined the school in November 2013, said: “I came into the school knowing it had potential. We have very supportive families and children who are keen to learn.

“It is very pleasing. It is what we deserve. We have all worked incredibly hard to get to this outcome. It has been very much a team effort.”

In April 2012, the school in Cowper Road was rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted and then, in April 2013, it had improved to ‘requires improvement’. Since then the headteacher departed from the school and Miss Evans took up the post of acting headteacher before being appointed to the permanent position.

Miss Evans said: “When I first arrived here the school was in quite a sorry state. Morale was incredibly low. My main priority was to raise that morale. In order to drive improvement you have to get people really enjoying their work, especially when working with children, and to fire that love of teaching back into the staff.

“I’m a very positive person anyway even through a period of instability. I think it is important to keep upbeat.

“It just needed some good old fashioned TLC. Little things like bringing them biscuits, giving them a card at the end of term to say they have done brilliantly – just to get them feeling good about themselves.”

Miss Evans combined her feel good approach with ‘very structured monitoring’ and support.

“It is a team effort, you can’t do this all on your own,” she said. “I have a very hard working and very dedicated team of people who work with absolutely amazing children.”