School is hailed as ‘outstanding’
Dec 18 2007 by Katie Campling, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
EMLEY First School is celebrating being rated outstanding in every way by inspectors.
Ofsted inspectors recently visited the school and have now given it an ‘outstanding’ rating in every inspection category.
Headteacher Stuart Merry said staff and governors were thrilled with the outcome.
He said: “We were delighted to have achieved outstanding in every category.”
The school was said to provide an ‘outstanding education’ for its 97 pupils, aged five to 10.
The leadership and management of the school were said to be ‘first rate’, thanks to Mr Merry and strong governors. Its community links were praised.
Guidance and support for pupils was rated superb and pupils’ behaviour and skills were said to be ‘impeccable’. The standard of pupils is higher than average.
Teaching was rated consistently good or better and attendance at lessons was higher than average, thanks to exciting lessons that capture pupils’ attention.
Out-of-school activities and outdoor facilities were praised – though inspectors said the school could improve direct access to outdoor areas to allow children to use them even more.
Lead inspector Robert Robinson told the school he had enjoyed inspecting them.
“It was a privilege to inspect your school, as it provides an outstanding education. There are no major things for the school to do to make it even better.”