Blackpool school in running to be named best in country

Staff and pupils from Boundary Primary are celebrating after being nominated in the TES Awards for Primary School of the Year.  Pictured is headteacher Suzanne Ashton with pupil Emily Taylor.
Staff and pupils from Boundary Primary are celebrating after being nominated in the TES Awards for Primary School of the Year. Pictured is headteacher Suzanne Ashton with pupil Emily Taylor.

A proud headteacher is hoping her school’s rise will be complete by being named the best primary school in the country.

Boundary Primary school is among eight contenders for the Times Education Supplement’s Primary School of the Year award which will be presented to the winner on June 22 at The Grove, Hertfordshire.

Staff and pupils from Boundary Primary are celebrating after being nominated in the TES Awards for Primary School of the Year.  Pictured are staff members Danielle Jacques, headteacher Suzanne Ashton, Helen Moyes and Nicola Bunday with pupils Chay Snowden, Annie He, Emily Taylor, James Hesketh, Jaxon Moorhouse and Lexi-Marie Richards.

Staff and pupils from Boundary Primary are celebrating after being nominated in the TES Awards for Primary School of the Year. Pictured are staff members Danielle Jacques, headteacher Suzanne Ashton, Helen Moyes and Nicola Bunday with pupils Chay Snowden, Annie He, Emily Taylor, James Hesketh, Jaxon Moorhouse and Lexi-Marie Richards.

Headteacher Suzanne Ashton has been at the school since January 2016 and has overseen a rise from “requires improvement” to “good” in their most recent Ofsted inspections.

Boundary was last inspected by the education regulators in May 2017 and the glowing report has seen Boundary now shortlisted for the award from the bible of the education industry.

She said: “It just goes to show the hard work of the teachers and governors and everyone else to improve the school.

“Myself and the other members of staff couldn’t be happier to be recognised nationally because it has been a phenomenal journey over the past two years.”

Some of Boundary’s competitors have been graded “outstanding” by Ofsted - one step up from Boundary’s rating.

Improvements to attendance and reading and writing would help Boundary towards that level, and Mrs Ashton says the school – named Primary of the Year in The Gazette’s Education Awards last year – are focused on continual improvement.

She added: “It’s onwards and upwards from here and the shortlisting has boosted the teachers and pupils.

“The school children are excited they could win another award, but I think they were more pleased about winning the Gazette’s award because they know it.

“But the teachers understand what this means to the school and are all so proud of the recognition.”

The winners will be decided by a panel of judges and triumph would mark a huge achievement.

She added: “To actually win would be one of the proudest moments of my life.

“This is an amazing school to work at and it would be outstanding for the staff, children, community and the governors if we were to win.”

The Grove hosted the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) awards on Sunday and Mrs Ashton said: “It’s crazy because the footballers were there the other day and now we get to travel down there too.”