School rated ‘outstanding’

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Staff, students, parents and governors are celebrating after getting a top rating from inspectors.

Fordley Primary School in Dudley has been given an ‘outstanding’ rating following a two-day inspection by Ofsted – an improvement on the ‘satisfactory’ rating two years ago.

Inspectors said pupils achieve extremely well with standards of attainment above average while Year 6 attainment in English and mathematics is above average.

Teachers were found to have excellent knowledge of their subjects with their enthusiasm being described as ‘infectious’.

Inspectors said: “The pupils are very enthusiastic, take a lot of pride in gaining new knowledge and skills and strive to achieve high targets.

“They receive a very rich, broad, balance and highly stimulating curriculum that is very well matched to pupils’ varying needs.”

The governing body also carried out regular checks to ensure outstanding teaching.

Headteacher Tony Rigg said: “Everyone at Fordley is thrilled with the outcome of our recent inspection. It represents the huge amount work and dedication staff, governors, pupils and their families have put in over recent years.

“We are particularly pleased with how well our pupils presented themselves to the inspection team; they are a credit to their families and the staff who work with them.”