Ofsted praise ‘wonderfully inclusive’ Yorkshire early years school

‘Caring and aspirational’ Markington Church of England Primary and Nursery School recognised for ‘outstanding’ behaviour, attitudes and early years provision 

The school, situated between Ripon and Harrogate in North Yorkshire, was inspected by regulator Ofsted, whose formal report praises the ‘excellent level’ of support received by pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), stating that their ‘needs are well understood and met in a bespoke way.’ 

Two students and a teacher at the 'wonderfully inclusive' Markington Primary and Nursery School

Photo courtesy of North Yorkshire Council

Indeed, the report notes how all students are engaged by lessons, such as in the way the curriculum has been tailored to meet the needs of classes with a mixed range of ages. 

Inspectors described this curriculum as ‘highly ambitious’ and commended staff for the high quality of their interactions with children, which sees them ‘well prepared for the next stage in their learning.’ 

The children, too, were praised: the report cites their ‘exceptional behaviour’, ‘mature approach’ and passion for reading.  

But the Ofsted inspectors also noted the benefits offered outside the classroom. These include the open-ended learning opportunities offered by the school’s outdoor area and the Phunky Foods programme that encourages children to try a wider range of vegetables and fruit. 

Rebecca Lyman, Executive Headteacher of Markington Church of England Primary and Nursery School (and also of nearby Birstwith Church of England School), says: ‘We are delighted that our aspirational, inclusive school has been recognised by Ofsted for providing children with a wonderful education. Our school is highly inclusive and ambitious for all pupils. As a result, all pupils achieve well – and we are delighted with that. We are also pleased that the inspectors commended our well-developed curriculum and our early years provision ensuring an excellent start to school life.’ 

Amanda Newbold, Assistant Director for Education, Learning and Skills at North Yorkshire Council, adds: ‘This is a fantastic report and my congratulations to the staff and governors at Markington Church of England Primary School for their dedication, hard work and commitment for continuing to contribute to the impressive progress of the school.’ 

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Simon Guerrier
Writer and journalist for Social Care Today, Infotec and Air Quality News


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