OUTSTANDING youngsters are jumping for joy at a South Yorkshire school which has scored its third top rating in a row from inspectors.
Jump Primary School, Jump, Barnsley, was ranked outstanding across the board in its latest Ofsted inspection.
Inspectors praised the ‘exceptional progress’ pupils made and said many achieved standards above the national average because of it.
The majority of teaching was also found to be outstanding with none ranked less than ‘good’.
Headteacher Katy Falconer, who has been at the school for just under a year, said the success was down to focusing on individual pupils.
She said: “I think everything we do is personal to the children – we stretch the more able and support those who need it.
“What makes Jump great is we focus on the individual.
“I’m proud of everything everybody who has a connection with the school does on a daily basis.
“I feel lucky to have joined an outstanding team where everybody works hard.
“We are all thrilled about this achievement.”
The Ofsted report said teachers planned ‘stimulating lessons that provided the right level of challenge for all pupils’.
It said a decline of outstanding teaching and achievement in 2011, because of leadership and staffing disruption, has been restored by Mrs Falconer and new assistant headteachers.
The report said: “Most pupils enjoy school enormously and they are very enthusiastic learners. Their behaviour is excellent and they feel very safe from bullying.”
One parent said: “Not only has his school work improved, his social skills, his behaviour, his attitude – well, everything has.”
Governors were also praised for giving ‘effective support’.
Mrs Falconer said staff would now aim to maintain the outstanding rating.
She said: “I’m very proud of what we do with the school. The staff work really hard, and its about keeping those things going.”
n Visit www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/106591 for full report.