Head teacher at the Lavington Park Federation of Duncton Junior and Graffham Infant Schools, Helen Martin has received a double accolade with both her schools being awarded ‘outstanding’ status in their latest Ofsted inspections.
The inspections were carried out by different Ofsted teams and resulted in two separate reports both giving the schools the highest-possible grading.
It was the second accolade this year for Mrs Martin, who was also given a special commendation from the Royal Forestry Society for her ‘Forest Schools’ work at the two school.
It is just over four years since Mrs Martin took over the two schools.
She had been head for around eight months when Ofsted inspectors last visited grading Duncton ‘good’ and Graffham ‘satisfactory’.
But now they have gone from strength to strength with both schools receiving outstanding status for the effectiveness of leadership, governance, and for pupil outcomes.
In addition the early years foundation stage for three to five-year-olds, which is overseen by assistant headteacher Sally Bloomfield at Graffham, was also judged to be outstanding.
Duncton Ofsted inspectors praised Mrs Martin’s ‘inspirational leadership’, adding: “This, in partnership, with the federation’s very effective assistant headteacher, ensures complacency is not tolerated.”
Inspectors at Graffham reported: “The headteacher and assistant headteacher are passionate and realistic about making the school one of the best and have the capability and expertise to do so.”
They said Mrs Martin’s ‘infectious enthusiasm’ has been the ‘prime motivator for the successes that have been achieved’.