Two Lincoln primary schools praised by inspectors for teaching and leadership

Two Lincoln primary schools have been praised by Ofsted inspectors for their quality of teaching and leadership.

Inspectors carried out two-day observations of The Lincoln Manor Leas Junior Academy on Hykeham Road and Westgate Academy in uphill Lincoln in June.

Both schools were rated as “good” in their overall effectiveness, quality of learning, management, personal behaviour and development, and outcomes for pupils.

This was a major step forward for Westgate Academy, which teaches 436 pupils and was ranked as “requires improvement” in an assessment in 2014.

The report said: “Good leadership and management has improved the school considerably since the previous inspection.

“Progress is good in all years and the majority of pupils have now reached the standards expected for their age. A high proportion of the most able pupils are working above this level.

“Additional government funding for disadvantaged pupils is used effectively. Achievement gaps in school are closing rapidly because disadvantaged pupils make good and better progress.”

Inspectors were also quick to praise the teachers and pupils at The Lincoln Manor Leas Junior Academy, with the governors providing “a successful balance of support and challenge for school leaders.”

The report added: “There is a genuine sense of teamwork at The Lincoln Manor Leas Junior Academy.

“Staff feel valued, parents say that they feel involved and pupils agree that ‘we can all work together’.

“Pupils behave well around school and during their playtimes. They enjoy the resources and play equipment available to them. They treat their school, their friends and adults with respect.”