Niton Primary School is celebrating after being rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted following its latest inspection.

Just four years after being judged as ‘inadequate’, the lowest grade, inspectors now acknowledge that leaders at the school ‘demonstrate an absolute belief that all pupils deserve the very best’.

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Executive Headteacher Duncan Mills, who was appointed in September 2014, said:

“I am extremely proud of the incredible hard work and achievements of the staff, the children and also for the continued positivity and support of our parents and carers. The community here refused to give up on this school and we have faced our challenges together. A united front of governors, parents, teachers and support staff all determined to deliver the highest standards possible.”

The inspectors from the education watchdog were impressed with the students’ positive attitude towards their learning, commenting that ‘pupils are eager and enthusiastic participants in lessons, regardless of their abilities or backgrounds.’

Leader of the Isle of Wight Council, Dave Stewart, said:

“I have always felt that Niton was a good school, even at its lowest point. Duncan and his whole team should be proud of this achievement.

“It’s a beacon for any school and a shining example of what can be achieved in a relatively short space of time.”

In June 2016, Niton Primary School formed the Cornerstone Federation together with The Bay Church of England Primary School in Sandown with Mr Mills, as the Executive Headteacher, working across both schools.

The Ofsted report rated the school as ‘Good’ in all five categories from ‘Effectiveness of leadership and management’ to ‘Outcomes for pupils’, – while the work of Governors at the school was also praised.