Good Ofsted report for Heartsease Primary School

One of Norwich's newest primary schools has been labelled 'good' after its latest Ofsted inspection, but its head teacher has said she hopes to achieve more in the future.

Heartsease Primary School near Mousehold Heath was inspected by the education watchdog in November and awarded an overall good rating in a recently-released report.

The inspection found that it was 'a good school where pupils are happy and learn well'.

The report also noted that there were some outstanding features at Heartsease, such as the way the school promotes equality and tackles discrimination and promoting healthy life styles.

Inspectors went on to say that pupils 'make good progress in every phase of their education' and that the school had improved overall since its last inspection.


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The large school currently has 426 pupils on its books, aged from three to 11, and there is also an independently-managed nursery attached to the site for pre-school children.

It was opened in September 2007 after being funded by a PFI deal and has been inspected twice by Ofsted already in its short history.

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Head teacher Christina Kenna said: 'We were a good school two and a half years ago and we've come out with a good school again, with some outstanding features.

'I was actually very please that we came out better than last time.

'Teaching came out as overall with some lessons outstanding. I was particularly pleased about the outstanding teaching. It was fantastic that inspectors recognised that the progress of all the children at Heartsease Primary School has improved every year since the school opened.'

Mrs Kenna said that she hoped to continue to improve the school and eventually reach an overall outstanding level the next time that Ofsted visit the school.

'We weren't expecting outstanding this time,' she said. 'Our aim has always been to be outstanding, so that's where we're heading. That's where we're aiming for the next inspection.

'Having had two in two-and-a-half years hopefully we won't have one too soon now.

'Ofsted have told us that we are on track to becoming an outstanding school.'

Is your school doing something to improve education? Call reporter Matthew Sparkes on 01603 772439 or email matthew.sparkes@archant.co.uk

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