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‘Together, we achieve great things’ - Norwich school sweeps the board in second glowing Ofsted report

Pupils and staff celebrate an outstanding Ofsted report for Trowse Primary School.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Pupils and staff celebrate an outstanding Ofsted report for Trowse Primary School. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Archant Norfolk.

A Norwich school has swept the board in its latest Ofsted report, being rated “outstanding” in every category.

Trowse Primary School, for ages four to 11, was given the rating by inspectors for the second time in a row when visited on May 22 and 23.

The school, on Dell Loke, was given top marks in all four of Ofsted’s criteria - achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

It builds on the success of the last inspection in 2007, where the school was rated “good” on pupils’ achievement and teaching quality.

Stuart Odell, headteacher, said that the staff were delighted with the report.

“Everyone in school works so hard to enable each and every child to achieve the highest standards and be the best they can be, and we feel this report recognises and celebrates this.

“Together, we achieve great things.”

The report drew special attention to attainment in Key Stages 1 and 2 ,which has been above national averages for five years running.

It added: “Pupils have extremely positive attitudes to learning. They know that they are in school to learn and that the school works effectively to improve their skills.

“Pupils respond quickly and positively to the school’s high expectations.”

Inspectors also highlighted the quality of teaching. The report said: “Teachers have a deep knowledge of the individuals in their care and are relentless in challenging them to do better.”

The “close, trusting working relationships” between staff and pupils were highlighted as the reason teachers respond to students’ needs efficiently.

In addition, Mr Odell’s “highly effective” leadership “driving the school forward” was singled out by inspectors.

Angela Stephensen, Chair of Governors, said: “It is always a joy to visit and join in activities at Trowse Primary School. Without exception, all members of staff, whatever their role, work so hard to ensure all the children are happy, safe and learn to the very best of their ability.

“Our parents are so supportive. Our children are a delight as they flourish in this exciting learning environment. We are so pleased that this has been acknowledged in the Ofsted inspection report.”

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  • Isn't the school kind in only admitting a maximum of 2 children per year in need of free school meals, and thus ensuring they get the individual support they need. I guess all the other schools have similar policies.

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    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Congratulations. Another case made for the case against academies.

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    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Once again, a strong intake is a huge help for a school's rating, and once again, you can guarantee that the DfE won't be making a fuss about this "outstanding" school, because they're too busy trying to promote their academy agenda.

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    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Well done Trowse school another reason why the Academy and Free school system which Mr Gove is forcing on our education system is not needed. Look at the two under performing secondary academies in Norwich. Obvioulsy the worst must be The Open Academy which has been an academy for six years with millions of pounds spent on a new building, uniforms, computers for the pupils and large salaries and bonuses for the senior managers with many thousands of pounds wasted on paying off staff and putting them on gagging clauses. With a large turnover of new staff since the current Principal, who has been in place for the last 4 to 5 years, who has continued to be responsible for the current staffing levels, with last years results 34% A*-C and an Ofsted inspection last July which stated "requires improvement", who is being held responsible for the this under performing academy. Surely it has to be the senior management team and in particular the Principal of the last 4 to 5 years.

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    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Yet further evidence that the academies smoke screen is just that. WELL DONE Trowse!!

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    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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