The headteacher of a Chester primary which is celebrating being declared ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted has praised the whole school community for the incredible achievement.

Acresfield Primary School in Acres Lane in Upton managed to achieve an ‘outstanding’ rating in every single category examined by Ofsted including leadership and management; achievement, behaviour and safety of pupils; quality of teaching; and early years provision.

Headteacher Mike Dixon said: “We are all delighted as it reflects the hard work and relentless drive from the staff on a daily basis. We have a fantastic team at Acresfield and I am so pleased Ofsted has recognised it.”

In a letter to parents, Mr Dixon praised the school community, saying: “The children were great during the inspection and I have thanked them for the fantastic way they shared with the inspectors what life at Acresfield is like.”

Some of the key findings highlighted in the Ofsted report included:

Outstanding leadership of the headteacher, strongly supported by staff and governors

Teaching is outstanding and has improved since the last inspection

Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are exemplary

Governors are highly effective and fully involved in all aspects of the school’s work

Pupils say they feel safe and are well cared for

Standards at the end of Year 6 are consistently above average in reading, writing and mathematics

The curriculum is planned successfully to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

The report also praised Acresfield for the way it supports children with special educational needs, those who are learning to speak English as an additional language, those who are disadvantaged and those who start at different times, saying all pupils achieve exceptionally well from their different starting points.

Mr Dixon summed up the achievement by saying how proud he was of the entire school: “Acresfield is outstanding. Thank you all for your contribution to ensure such a fantastic outcome.”

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