‘Warm and welcoming’ Winton praised by Ofsted

OFSTED inspectors have rated a King’s Cross primary school as Good - and praised its welcoming atmosphere.

Winton Primary School, in Killick Street, was judged Outstanding in certain areas.

The inspectors report said; “The school has improved considerably and is in a strong position to continue its upward path.”

They were particularly impression with the progress made by children in the nursery and reception classes, which they described as “an exciting and interesting environment, rich in stimulating resources”.

More than two thirds of children at Winton are from homes where English is not their first language. Thanks to the quality of teaching, these pupils develop their English language skills quickly and are able to participate fully in lessons.

Winton headteacher Penny Spencer and her leadership team were praised for their “clear direction and high expectations” for the school.

Ms Spencer said: “We are absolutely thrilled with our report which reflects the effort and hard work from all our staff in making sure that every pupil at Winton gets a great start in life. We are looking now as to how we can build on this success and become increasingly outstanding in all areas.”

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The “warm and welcoming environment” noted by inspectors, means that pupils feel safe at school, enjoy discussions with each other and get along well together. The care, guidance and support offered to children at the school was found to be Outstanding.

Councillor Richard Watts, Islington Council’s executive member for children and young people, said: “Well done to the staff at Winton Primary, who are committed to helping the school to improve even further. Winton is another Islington school helping children to get the best start in life through the quality of care and education it provides.”

Pupils at Winton enjoy taking an active role in their local area and are interested in learning about world issues. They were keen to raise funds for a school in Zambia and have also bought an area of the rainforest to protect.

Parents at the school who spoke to Ofsted inspectors praised the support offered to them by staff, which includes providing opportunities for them to develop skills to return to work.