Holy Cross pupils took to the streets of Uckfield on Friday to celebrate as their school received a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted.
It was the first time for ten years that the school had received such an accolade. Inspectors, who visited last month, reported: “The school’s warm, hard-working and inclusive atmosphere ensures that the pupils feel valued, respected and safe.”
They repeatedly noted the school’s improvement and success in teaching and learning.
They said: “Substantial developments in the quality of teaching and learning since the previous inspection have secured marked improvements in pupils’ progress in a wide range of subjects.”
Their report went on to say: “… In English, teachers give pupils frequent opportunities to read a wide range of books and to write for different purposes … pupils enjoy reading and write with increasing confidence.”
There was praise for maths teaching too: “Good-quality mathematics teaching ensures that pupils are well-equipped with key numeracy facts and skills … This ensures pupils develop a secure understanding of mathematical concepts.”
Leadership and governors were also commended in the report which said that since headteacher Cathy Dart’s appointment in April 2016 she had lost no time in developing the quality of teaching, learning, behaviour and leadership.
“The headteacher and her team have secured substantial improvements in the quality of the teaching … pupils of all ages tackle activities with growing confidence, and express themselves with increasing clarity.
“Governors share the headteacher’s determination to provide the best possible education for all pupils … They hold school leaders rigorously to account for pupils’ achievement.”
Friday’s colourful parade celebrated the start of a new era at Holy Cross Primary School. It was similar to a Hastings May Day Jack in the Green procession and pupils and staff were bedecked in green finery as they followed a ten feet tall lady made of willow and wrapped in ivy.
They ignored the rain and entertained shoppers and shop owners with a rousing sing-song half way up the High Street before carrying on back to school where an indoor picnic was followed by headteacher Mrs Dart presenting her staff with a thank you cake.
Uckfield Mayor, Cllr Louise Eastwood, joined the celebration.
She said: “We are delighted to have finally got the Good that Holy Cross School deserves. All the staff and children have worked really hard to get this result and I thank them all.
“I would also like to thank all our parents for supporting us so strongly over the past few years, and our governors who have provided the encouragement we all needed.
“Finally Holy Cross has got the recognition it deserves.”