Pictured: Annie Grattage, Headteacher, Ryecroft C.E. Middle School. 

Pupils at Ryecroft C.E. Middle School feel happy and safe and benefit from an ambitious curriculum, according to a new report from the education watchdog Ofsted.

Ofsted has praised leaders, staff and pupils at the middle school on Ashbourne Road in Rocester, which has been rated ‘good’.

Staff know the pupils well and have high expectations of them. Pupils feel happy and safe and know that they will be listened to and that their opinions matter. 

The majority of pupils work hard and focus on their lessons. Nearly all pupils meet the high expectations that leaders have for how they should behave and safeguarding is effective.

Annie Grattage, Headteacher, Ryecroft C.E. Middle School, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Ofsted has graded us as a good school and the incredible hard work of our staff and pupils has been recognised.

“We are grateful for the fantastic support we have received from Uttoxeter Learning Trust, parents and carers, and our wider community.”

Inspectors found that the middle school is well supported by Uttoxeter Learning Trust, especially with regards to training and curriculum development. 

Staff have confidence in leaders, who make every effort to make them feel valued and appreciated, the report also notes. 

Leaders’ primary aim is that all pupils benefit from an ambitious curriculum. Inspectors found that they have detailed curriculum planning in place for each subject.

Leaders understand the importance of teaching pupils to read and to enjoy reading. They have put an effective reading scheme in place across both key stages. If pupils need extra support, leaders make sure they get it.

The curriculum goes beyond the classroom and is enhanced by trips, visits and in-school special events. There are 30 very popular lunchtime and after-school activities every week. 

Careers education at the middle school, which educates pupils aged 9 to 13, is strong and goes beyond national expectations by being extended to all year groups. 

Sarah Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Uttoxeter Learning Trust, added: “I am very proud of our growing family of successful schools. 

“It’s fantastic to see Ryecroft C.E. Middle School providing an inspiring education for pupils that supports them to reach their full potential.” 

To read the report, please visit Ofsted’s website. The inspection took place on September 14th and 15th 2022.