A primary so popular that kids ‘run ahead of their parents to get in quicker’ has been held up as a shining example to other schools.

North Ormesby Primary Academy, already rated ‘Outstanding’ in a glowing Ofsted report, has been named a nationally recognised Centre of Excellence.

The James Street school has been commended for its high standards of teaching; for building impressive attitudes across the school and developing the well-being of every young pupil.

The glowing report, by assessors from Inclusion Quality Mark, revealed that pupils run eagerly to school every day ahead of their parents – “perhaps due to the magic within”.

North Ormesby Primary Academy (Image: Ian Cooper)

Instead of being “bound by its context” of high deprivation, temporary housing and other family stresses, the school’s head teacher Craig Nicholson is “very proud to have such a diverse school. Proud to be tolerant and accepting of difference.”

The school is one of only 240 nationwide which has earned the accolade, with inspectors finding that “labels are left at the door in this oasis of learning”.

“Children are at the heart of every decision made,” the report says. “They are immensely proud to be here”.

The list of glowing accomplishments found by assessors:

• ‘The school works tirelessly to live up to their promise that inclusion is for everyone.’

• ‘The integrity of leadership gives a strong moral purpose and inspires everyone to share the vision and the belief that every child has the potential to be the best they can be and be well prepared to meet the future.’

• Staff ‘matched pupils in their boundless energy and passion for learning’ and are ‘passionate about learning.’

• ‘Pupils are polite, well-rounded individuals who demonstrate tolerance and respect.’ They ‘understand that when they give of their best and make positive contributions they

reap the rewards.’

North Ormesby Primary Academy has been named an IQM Centre of Excellence (Image: Ian Cooper)

• ‘Throughout school there are displays of the incredibly professional finish pupils achieve through the skills they have developed.’

• ‘Parents understand the challenges the school faces but are behind the drive for academic success too, appreciating that they have been brilliant in making sure whatever happens never impacts negatively on the learning for our children.’

• ‘An impressive range of networks and community links…helps provide pupils with skills, knowledge and understanding for example about keeping safe, anti-bullying, internet safety and fundamental British values, and to act as ambassadors for the school at local events, parades and celebrations.

Craig Nicholson, Acting Principal, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our school and is testament to the hard work our amazing staff put in each and every day to make North Ormesby Primary Academy a safe, fun and striving environment for our children to learn in.

“Much of what our assessor saw was embedded in our academy and we want this to be just the start.

“Our next aim is ‘Flagship Status’.”

Julian Drinkall, CEO for Academies Enterprise Trust, which runs the school, said: “This is an excellent and thoroughly deserving commendation for Mr Nicholson and his team, who are providing a first class learning environment for pupils in North Ormesby to develop the skills and confidence they need to go on and lead remarkable lives.

“The school is a credit to their local community and an invaluable asset within the AET national academy network.”

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