Outstanding Newington –
It’s In The Air
The sky is the limit for outstanding Newington Community Primary School in Ramsgate.
Around 800 biodegradable balloons were released into the air to celebrate the top Ofsted rating which is the best outcome the school has ever had.
Pupils cheered as they sent commemorative balloons soaring to create a cloud of blue and yellow, the school's colours.
The children from each class lined up on the playing fields in groups spelling out the word 'Outstanding' which was filmed from above by an airborne drone which took pictures and footage for streaming online and the school's website, while the celebrations were recorded on land by a photographer.
Prior to the balloon release, celebration parties were held by pupils in their classrooms with fruit and cakes.
Earlier a commemorative flowering Magnolia tree was planted in the school's 'quiet garden' and a garden bench was unveiled, both in memory of deputy head teacher Jo Kettle who died in November last year after a short illness.
This ceremony was attended by Rev Shola Aoko from St Christopher's Church in Newington, who blessed the seat and tree. The seat carries a simple heartfelt plaque that reads "You light the skies..Jo, with love xxx".
Head Teacher Cliff Stokes said:The parties and balloon release were a lovely way for our children to celebrate. It is something they will always remember.
"Jo is always in our hearts at Newington and we chose the same day to plant the tree and unveil the seat in her memory so that she was very much a part of our Ofsted celebrations. Her contribution to the development of our school community will always be acknowledged."
Ofsted inspectors described Newington community primary school as "exceptional" in a detailed report that concludes every aspect of learning and care is "outstanding."
This covers every category under inspection - overall effectiveness; effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; outcomes for pupils; and early years provision
Outstanding Ofsted report - key summary points
* Pupils are happy and feel safe in school. They work hard and are proud of what they achieve. They display exemplary behaviour and understand how positive attitudes affect learning.
* Most pupils make remarkable progress across a wide range of subjects including English and mathematics. Outcomes are outstanding. However, in 2016 pupils did not achieve the higher standards, particularly in mathematics.
* Close working between support and teaching staff, has ensured that the needs of disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are sensitively and effectively met. These pupils achieve very well and make more progress than their peers nationally in reading and mathematics.
* Children get off to an excellent start in the early years. Exciting activities inside and out are carefully planned to stimulate children's curiosity. From the earliest days in school, children find joy in learning, are well supported by adults and make rapid progress.
* The school's work to promote pupils' welfare is remarkable. No stone is left unturned in the quest to ensure that pupils and families receive the help they need. Safeguarding procedures are effective.
* The head teacher, expertly supported by other leaders, has strengthened the quality of teaching and learning so that all is interesting and much is inspirational. Pupils learn very well.
* Governance has strengthened over the last year and adds rigour to all aspects of school planning and evaluation.
**For more information, contact Head Teacher Cliff Stokes on 01843 593412.