St Peter’s Junior School is celebrating a successful year with a “good” Ofsted Inspection, its best ever SAT’s results, the end of a £1 million building programme and the creation of two extra classes.
Inspectors, who visited in July, rated the school good in all areas, praising the progress children make in all year groups, the way they collaborate well and the great use teachers make of the school’s large grounds.
They also said that standards pupils reached by year six were significantly above average, and this is reflected in the school’s SATs results this year, which have shown children making more progress than ever before.
Nottinghamshire County Council has spent more than £1 million on rewiring, completely refurbishing the exterior with new windows, cladding and insulation, replacing the entire boiler and heating system, and creating a new pitched roof on the main block and hall.
“Many people in Ruddington will know that St Peter’s is a converted secondary school, which is why it is so spacious,” Mr Mapperley, the School Head, said. This extra space has enabled two new classrooms to be created in the existing building this year, so the school could add an extra class in both years three and four this September.
“Base Camp”, the school’s free-standing outside classroom, has been completely refurbished and is becoming popular for hire with local community groups, as well as forming a base for the school’s outdoor learning.
Other developments include a woodland “classroom” with facilities for outdoor cooking and shelter-building, a “Pirate Island” play area, sandpits and mini allotments for children. The “orchard” area behind the school has been transformed with a range of problem-solving outdoor games built and designed by volunteers and children.
The Friends of St Peter’s have also funded additions including the trim trail and outdoor climbing wall and are currently raising money to refurbish another play area.
For all enquiries, please contact the school on 0115-974-3303.