‘Exceptional’ village school maintains outstanding grading

Council’s assistant director for education and skills, Amanda Newbold, with headteacher Mrs Julie Lyon, celebrating the top Ofsted rating with delighted pupils and staff at Dishforth Airfield Primary School.

Staff and pupils at a “safe, happy and highly ambitious” primary school are celebrating after retaining an outstanding Ofsted grading in all categories.

Inspectors went to Dishforth Airfield Primary School in June and have published a glowing report on the achievements since the last visit eight years ago.

They described the 101-pupil school, which was previously rated outstanding in December 2015, as “exceptional” with teachers quickly identifying what pupils already know and understanding what they need to learn next.

The school was praised for its early years provision as was the “deeply committed” leadership team for providing pupils with the very best curriculum and pastoral care.

Ofsted inspectors said: “Staff expectations for pupils’ behaviour and achievement are very high. Pupils behave extremely well in lessons and are highly enthusiastic about their learning. They talk confidently about what they know and take pride in their work.

“Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities are well supported and make excellent progress. Staff know how to get the best out of every child.”

The early years provision was described as “superb”, while curriculum planning throughout the school was “extremely well thought through”.

The report added: “Leaders have created a safe, happy and highly ambitious school community. Curriculum planning is extremely well thought through. Leaders identify clearly the important knowledge that they want pupils to secure.”

Council leader, Cllr Carl Les, said: “This Ofsted result is a magnificent achievement and reflects the continued hard work and determination of staff and governors at the school to provide a high standard of education to our children and young people in North Yorkshire. Congratulations to all involved in securing and maintaining the outstanding grading.”

The school’s headteacher, Mrs Julie Lyon, said she was proud of the whole school community.

She added: “This is a rare and highly valued outcome for our school that was previously graded outstanding in 2015.

“The inspector’s judgement is testament to the hard work, determination and commitment shown by all the staff at the school as well as the governors, which in turn enables the children to flourish. We are over the moon with this Ofsted report.”

The school’s chair of governors, Mr Jim Brown, said: “It is a fantastic result for the whole school. Results like this do not happen overnight. With the beginning of the new school term, let’s hope everyone has come back refreshed and is ready to continue from where they left off!”