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Inspectors tell free school in Norwich it still deserves its good grading

PUBLISHED: 09:19 14 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:19 14 December 2017

Principal Tania Sidney-Roberts. Photo: Bill Smith

Principal Tania Sidney-Roberts. Photo: Bill Smith

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One of the first free schools in the country has been told it is still good, four years after being given the rating.

The Free School Norwich was visited by inspectors in November, four years after it was given the good rating - the watchdog’s second highest - in July 2013.

Inspectors said the school still deserved the grading, and that it provided a “warm and nurturing environment” for pupils.

They said principal Tania Sidney-Roberts provided “effective leadership” with “regular and rigorous checks on teaching”.

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A report published after the visit said: “[Pupils] work well independently and in groups, speaking with confidence to adults and each other and showing respect for each other’s views. Pupils enjoy school, as reflected in their above-average attendance.”

To improve further, the school should ensure reasoning and problem solving are developed and pupils should be given regular opportunities to develop their writing.

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