Saturday, 26 July 2008

A flood of praise for previously flooded school

I enjoyed hearing the news that Cottingham Croxby Primary School has been described as a good school by Ofsted in a recent inspection.

The school in Hull was hut by severe floods last year. Pupils and staff have spent a year in mobile classrooms, working around building work during a £2million refurbishment. Then the dreaded phone call was answered. "I told Ofsted they just couldn't come," head Dave Ledgard explained. "I said it would crucify us because morale was strained and it would be grossly unfair to judge us in that situation." Well done for having the guts to stand up for yourselves! Ofsted called back later to agree to a delayed inspection.

The inspection in May was a triumph. The school was rated good and the inspectors praised the staff's "dedication, ingenuity and stamina."

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