The inspection visit in May 2017 was the first short inspection carried out since our predecessor school was judged to be good in May 2010. An interim assessment in January 2013 showed that the predecessor school’s good performance had been sustained.
The inspectors found that our school continues to be good.
The leadership team had maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.
They described the Head teacher as being ‘passionate about the care and quality of education that pupils experience’ and went on to say in their letter to him, ‘you want the best for each child, academically, socially and personally. You communicate these aspirations to staff, governors, parents and pupils, effectively. As a result, a distinctive sense of cooperation and partnership exists across the school and beyond; a team working together towards joint goals.
Staff agree saying, ‘this is a strong community’ striving for ‘the best outcomes for our pupils’. One parent’s view captured the view of many, Normanby ‘always has the children’s best interests at heart’. A positive and harmonious school ethos is tangible.
In June 2014 the school converted to become an academy, and is now part of the Ironstone Trust. Leaders, managers and staff benefit from working collaboratively with other schools in the trust, regularly sharing best value principles and good practices, with diligence. Records demonstrate that governors and trustees challenge and support leaders conscientiously.