Head's secret of success

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A VILLAGE school whose headteacher gives out hot chocolate and crumpets during tests to help calm pupils' nerves, is celebrating success in its latest OFSTED report.

Following an inspection by education inspectors last month Dolphinholme CE Primary has received a glowing official report which has delighted the head, governors staff and pupils.

The school achieved "outstanding" grades in personal development and well-being, curriculum/other activities and care/guidance and support.

It received "good" grade for its overall effectiveness, achievement standards, teaching/ learning and leadership/management.

The school's success is said to be due to the "outstanding vision of headteacher (Mr Brendan Hassett) who promotes a Christian ethos - care, well-being and the enjoyment and achievements of every individual pupil being at the centre of the school's work."

The personal development section of the inspection says pupils "show a contagious enthusiasm for the wealth of opportunities the school provides" which is reflected in above average attendance and high achievements.

The curriculum is said to be exceptionally well planned and challenges pupils to be the very best they can.

In the care, guidance and support section the school is described as "going the extra mile to care for its pupils."

Mr Hassett also receives praise for providing hot chocolate and crumpets and playing soothing background music to create "a calming atmosphere" during national tests and to help give pupils confidence to do their best.

Areas suggested for further improvement include ensuring teachers use assessment information to help pupils make even better progress and the use of management time to monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and learning.

School Inspector Carolle Cressey said the school had moved on from the previous "satisfactory" grading at the last inspection.

In a letter to the pupils she says they are exceptionally well behaved, and are extremely lucky to attend a school where lessons are made fun.

Mr Hassett said he was delighted with the report.

He commented: "The staff and children work together to create a fantastic learning environment where the school's motto 'Achievement for All' - is proved to be a living watchword."