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Gig Mill receives praise from Ofsted

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A borough primary school is celebrating after recently receiving a ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection with some areas rated ‘outstanding’.

Gig Mill Primary School in Stourbridge was inspected prior to the coronavirus outbreak and has now received confirmation that the school has achieved a good overall rating.

In two out of the five areas inspected, including behaviours and attitudes and early years provision, it was found to be outstanding and good in all other areas.

Inspectors said that the school “drives exciting lessons and interactions that enrich the lives of pupils” and that “leaders, staff and pupils work together to aim for a community where pupils matter and thrive.”

Ofsted highlighted initiatives the school has in place to support pupils including its junior police constables initiative, which creates a “kind and respectful environment where pupils feel safe and are safe.”

Inspectors also recognised that “Leaders know pupils learn best when they feel safe, happy and confident”, with priority given to mental health.

The biggest success is that both this OFSTED team, and the previous team in 2018 recognised that the school motto and values are very much part of school life, and that children at Gig Mill do well.

Angela Hannaway, headteacher of Gig Mill Primary School, said:

After what has been a very challenging few months at school, it is wonderful to have some extremely positive news to share with staff, parents, carers and pupils and our wider community.
School values are at the heart of our approaches with children at Gig Mill, so having the school motto as the first line of our report is great.
The education and wellbeing of our children is paramount and we are delighted that this has been recognised by Ofsted with two outstanding judgements. We look forward to welcoming children back next year, and continue our learning journey together.
Well done to all the amazing staff for their hard work and dedication to improving the experience of Gig Mill pupils. It’s a wonderful place to be together.

Councillor Ruth Buttery, cabinet member for children’s services, said:

Congratulations to all the staff at Gig Mill Primary School, this recent inspection recognises the high standard of teaching that goes on within the school.
The letter from Ofsted praises many aspects of school life and not least the exceptional behaviour of pupils. I’m very proud of what the school has achieved.

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