The school where children like to write - Ofsted praises Cecil Gowing Infant School in Sprowston

Cecil Gowing Infant School pupils, staff and headteacher Isabel Stubbs happy at retaining their good rating by Ofsted. Photo: Steve Adams Cecil Gowing Infant School pupils, staff and headteacher Isabel Stubbs happy at retaining their good rating by Ofsted. Photo: Steve Adams

Saturday, June 21, 2014
9:00 AM

An infant school with “excellent relationships between adults and pupils” is celebrating after it was judged good across the board in its latest Ofsted report.

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The inspectors also hinted at more success to come at Cecil Gowing Infant School in Sprowston, saying that headteacher Isabel Stubbs and governors “have high expectations and know what to do to make the school outstanding”.

The report, which followed an inspection of the 179-pupil school on May 22-23, said: “Pupils’ achievement is rising. School records and work in pupils’ books show that the great majority of those currently in the school are making good progress.”

Read the full Ofsted report here

It added: “Teaching is good and some is outstanding, especially in Year 2. Proficient teaching assistants play an important part in the good progress pupils make.”

Mrs Stubbs, who joined the school in September 2012, said: “I think it does justice to the teachers and our teaching assistants and the parents, who are really supportive.”

The report said pupils enjoyed writing and children told inspectors they like having a long time to think and write. Mrs Stubbs said that creativity and giving pupils a purpose was important.

She said: “The reception children this term were learning about dinosaurs. They had a letter from the dinosaur park saying they were looking for another dinosaur and can they help them. The children want to help and have to learn about dinosaurs and write about dinosaurs. That gives them ideas and purpose.”

She added that the children have music on when they write.

The report also hailed successful work this year to improve the achievement of the least-able pupils in maths.

Mrs Stubbs said the school’s own analysis had picked up a possible drop in the subject, so it concentrated on targeting extra help at pupils who needed it, which included taking them into small groups, or seeing them individually if they were struggling with a particular concept.

She added that the school had adopted the nurtured heart approach, which was developed in America, which helps children know that it is OK to make mistakes.

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