Outstanding report for Waringstown

WARINGSTOWN Primary School recently underwent an inspection from the Education and Training Inspectorate which it passed with flying colours.

The report found the school to be outstanding in many areas.

Included in the report, parents were able to have their say by filling in questionnaires. Their responses indicated their appreciation of the high quality teaching, the leadership of the principal and vice principal, the caring ethos, and the professional, dedicated staff.

The report noted the children at Waringstown Primary School are highly motivated and enthusiastic learners who take pride in their work.

The inspection report said teachers are conscientious and hard working and have high expectations and use skilful questioning to build on the children’s prior learning and to prompt extended responses.

It was reported that the principal and vice principal provide outstanding leadership and management of the school through a clear focus on promoting high quality learning and teaching.

It was noted that school principal Gary Kennedy, who has been in post for 21 years, inspires confidence, respect and loyalty from the staff, parents and governors.

The report concluded that the strengths of the school include: the highly motivated, well-mannered children; the outstanding quality of the pastoral provision; the outstanding standards attained by the children in literacy and numeracy and their wider achievements; the very good or outstanding quality of the teaching in three-quarters of the lessons observed; the outstanding quality of the broad and balanced curriculum provision; and the outstanding leadership and management of the principal and the vice principal supported effectively by the co-ordinators and all the staff.

Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Anne Dobson praised the high teaching and leadership standards at Waringstown Primary School.

She said: “The results of this latest inspection gives a glowing report of the teaching and learning standards at Waringstown Primary School.

“I am especially pleased that the school is delivering ‘outstanding standards’ in literacy and numeracy because of the importance that should be placed by schools on English and Maths. High attainment in these subjects is the key to future academic success.”