Donna-Louise Bishop, Reporter
Sunday, April 6, 2014
The headteacher of a primary school in north Norfolk has said she is “pleased” after its rating was boosted to good in its latest Ofsted report.
Neatishead Church of England Primary School, of School Road, was rated good by inspectors, who found pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development outstanding - praising how they showed “considerable care for one another”.
Headteacher Karen Dukes said: ““We are pleased. It shows that the inspectors recognise the massive improvements and the buzz and energy we have here.
“We want to do better and more and we are striving to achieve the ultimate accolade.”
The 10-page report published on March 28, highlighted improved pupil progress, good behaviour in class and around school and above average attendance. It also praised the quality of leaders’ teaching and also the support from teaching assistants.
The report said: “Teachers know how well pupils are doing and what they need to improve on next. They use this information to plan activities at just the right level to help pupils lean quickly.
“The early teaching of letters and sounds to young pupils helps them to quickly learn to read and write.
“Disabled pupils and those who have special education needs achieve well and are making good progress.
“Pupils known to be eligible for free school meals achieve well.”
Inspectors said the school fell short of achieving an overall outstanding rating because pupils “are not fully attentive in all lessons and marking does not provide enough guidance so that pupils can move on rapidly in their learning”.
It also said pupils do not yet make “consistently outstanding progress in reading, writing or mathematics in key stage 2”.
But teaching standards were praised as “good” and the report highlighted pupils leaving with reading and writing skills the equivalent of around 18 months ahead of the national average in 2013.
Mrs Dukes, who has been headteacher at the school for four years, said: “It all sounds very good and shows we are moving from strength to strength and the school is moving forward.
“We’ve been told now that we just need to keep doing what we are doing and sustaining that over a long time.”
Mrs Dukes is also headteacher of Salhouse Voluntary Controlled Primary School, which also maintained a good rating in December 2013.
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