Blackhorse Primary is still riding high

April 30 2018

BLACKHORSE Primary in Emersons Green has been given another glowing report by Ofsted.

It has retained its good rating after a one-day visit in February.

Head teacher Simon Botten and staff were disappointed that the inspector, Sandra Woodman, would not put the school forward for a full inspection that could give it the chance to earn a judgement of outstanding.

In a statement on the school website, they say: “This was what we were aiming for and what we, our school improvement officer and the governors felt was what Blackhorse deserved given its current high performance.

“Whilst this is disappointing for us as a staff (we aim for excellence and anything less isn’t what we aspire to) the report does highlight lots of the things which we know make Blackhorse a great school to work in and go to. More importantly, it won’t change our desire to be the best school in the world and we will continue to work extremely hard with this aim in mind.”

The inspector, in her letter to Mr Botten, said that Blackhorse provided a happy and exciting place for children to learn, enabling them to leave the school well equipped for the next phase of their learning.

"You, your leadership team and governors share a clear vision that every child should reach his or her full potential. You work closely with your capable leaders to drive forward improvements to promote effective teaching and a stimulating curriculum," she said.

Ms Woodman noted that parents and pupils appreciated the diverse range of enrichment activities and extra-curricular clubs on offer to pupils.

She also highlighted the school's "unwavering focus on improving the education of disadvantaged pupils" and its culture of continually looking for ways to improve the quality of the education, such as a new way of teaching reading skills.