Norfolk school makes impression on Ofsted inspectors

Pupils and staff at a school have received some good news after its latest Ofsted report praised the school for its vast improvements and said it no longer needed a notice to improve.

The report, conducted last month, found that Rackheath Primary School school was 'rapidly improving with many good features' and graded the overall effectiveness of the school as 'satisfactory'.

Inspectors praised teaching, pupil progress and leadership and said the headteacher and governing body had worked extremely hard to make progress on all the issues identified at the school's previous inspection in November 2009. It is a positive step forward for the Willoughby Way school, which has 148 pupils between the ages of four and 11, that headteacher Jacqui Sinkins said she was very pleased with.

She said: 'We are all thrilled by this report, which recognises the determination of staff, governors and parents to support children's progress and ensure that our pupils are benefiting from good teaching and learning.

'Ofsted has recognised that there are very many good things about our school and we can now continue to build on these to support children to achieve even more in their time with us. We know that there is still more work to do but this report highlights the strong progress we have made in recent months and we are committed to making sure this continues.'

Inspectors highlighted pupils' good behaviour and attendance and said care, guidance and support were good. They also praised support for children with special educational needs.

They added that 'pupils really enjoy their lessons and work hard' and 'feel valued'.

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Emma Whymark, chairman of Rackheath Primary's governors, added: 'This has been a tremendous achievement, in what after all has only been a 15-month period, and everyone should be extremely proud of all their efforts and hard work.

'Our goal now is to develop Rackheath into the outstanding school that the children in our community deserve.'

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