From Eckington CE First School:

We are delighted to share the results of our most recent Ofsted inspection. At the end of March an inspector visited and agreed that our school still remained a good school. In fact, the inspector felt our school continues to improve. The report said that:

"For a small school, there is a lot going on and the school has many strengths. Teaching is effective and leadership is strong. Furthermore, the curriculum is packed full of interesting and worthwhile activities that fuel pupil’s curiosities, introduce them to new experiences and prompt them to work hard and do their best."

The current Headteacher Mrs Gill Humphriss had been at the school for just under a year when the call from Ofsted came. She was appointed to cover maternity leave for the Headteacher Miss Sarah Breakwell who returned in June. Together Miss Breakwell and Mrs Humphriss will continue to lead the school for the summer term so there is a good handover. Mrs Gill Humphriss said:

"I am extremely proud of all of the staff and children here at Eckington CE First School and really pleased that we have maintained our good rating from OFSTED. The report demonstrates the high quality of education, fun, awe and wonder at our school. It is a happy team here and every day brings something new, different and special."

Eckington CE First School currently has 88 pupils in 4 mixed age classes and offers a wide range of activities and experiences. The school has extensive grounds and these are used regularly to enhance the children’s learning. The school is very well supported by parents and the community. Pupils and parents’ express positive views especially about the school’s values, standards and leadership. The children have a key role in shaping the school and have a strong voice. The House Captains Will, Georgina, Evan and Milly had the following to say:

"We love our school because we work together as one big family. We have great staff and lots of friends. We are encouraged to work independently but also as a team. Learning is fun and creative. We really like the fact that there is always something new going on so it never gets boring here. It is a competitive school and we are happy to be all together."

According to Ofsted – ‘Pupils behave very well. In lessons, they are attentive and responsive. They work hard, respect one another’s ideas and readily take part in all the activities on offer. On the playground, they get along with others and help out with jobs. In fact, pupils have a significant say in shaping aspects of school policy, including the code of conduct for behaviour. They know that their ideas and views will be listened to ‘

Eckington CE First School is a place where we promote spirituality and wonder. We teach the children to question life and also to think deeply about how to solve problems. We spend time in peaceful reflection and promote strong British, Christian values.

Mrs Humphriss had this final note:

"We never stop learning here at Eckington and know that it would be even better if…We want the children to have fun, look back on their primary education with pride, respect and excitement which is why all of us strive to be creative and continuously think outside the box."

Well done to all at Eckington CE First School!