Harmony Hits the Right Note! School of the Week George Dixon Primary

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Byline: TONY COLLINS

THERE is a warm glow in the air as you tour George Dixon Primary School.

But immensely pleasing as this is to head teacher Hugh Heaven, even more enjoyable is the fact that inspectors have recognised the positive spirit among pupils and staff. Mr Heaven is to retire this summer after 20 years as the school's head.

And he readily admits: 'It has been a very rich experience and a very enjoyable place to be in, but I am looking forward to handing it over.'

Mr Heaven, who has worked as a teacher in Birmingham since 1969, said he was delighted with the 'going away' report from the Office for Standards in Education.

It recognised the 'cultural richness' in the school due to its many different nationalities, and described racial harmony as very good.

Ofsted also praised the good behaviour of pupils, resulting in a 'pleasant, relaxed and friendly' atmosphere in classrooms and no children being excluded during the last two years.

'The inspectors were prepared to recognise the good things in the school which are sometimes outside the box and not on their usual checklist,' added Mr Heaven.

'The school respects everybody and all the children are made to feel that they matter. …