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Three of the best as Norwich school is named among UK's elite

Jane Rolph, head of Chapel Break Infant School at Bowthorpe, celebrates the school's success in it's recent Ofsted report, with some of the pupils. From left, back row, Aditya Mehesh, Nicole Bowhill-Mann, Vani Kumar, and front, Ruby Baines, Connor Evans and Erin Hewitt.

Jane Rolph, head of Chapel Break Infant School at Bowthorpe, celebrates the school's success in it's recent Ofsted report, with some of the pupils. From left, back row, Aditya Mehesh, Nicole Bowhill-Mann, Vani Kumar, and front, Ruby Baines, Connor Evans and Erin Hewitt.

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An edge-of-Norwich school has joined a select few across England to be named among the best in the business in Ofsted’s annual report.

Chapel Break Infant School on Thurlby Road, Bowthorpe, was among the places picked out by chief inspector Christine Gilbert after it was rated outstanding in its July inspection.

The school, led by headteacher Jane Rolph, was also given outstanding reports in its previous guise as Chapel Break First School in 2006 and 2000.

It changed its status in 2007 and currently has 161 pupils.

The most recent report, publicised in the Evening News when it was published in September, said: “Not only do pupils achieve exceptionally well, but they demonstrate a real love of learning and school, which is evident in the high quality of their work.”

The report also name-checked Aslacton Primary, near Norwich, for being one a select few across England that left special measures by achieving a “good” grade.

The report said: “To become a good or outstanding school after being in an Ofsted category shows a singularity of purpose that comes from highly capable leadership.”

Ofsted’s annual report named 20 childminders, eight nurseries and nine schools in Norfolk as outstanding this year.

This year, Ofsted has toughened its inspections and has targeted them more on schools rated inadequate and adequate than in previous years. This means this year’s figures are not directly comparable to previous years.

Chief inspector Christine Gilbert said pupils across England were facing too many “dull and uninspiring lessons”, while the quality of teaching was too “variable”.

Ofsted found that teaching in 50pc of secondary schools inspected in the past year and 43pc of primary schools was no better than satisfactory.

Ms Gilbert said: “Too much teaching is still not good enough and does not deliver what we now expect of it. It is true that we expect more from schools and colleges today and more from our teachers. But we also know a lot more about how to deliver good, inspiring lessons that motivate and engage children, young people and adult learners.

“It’s vital that teachers are supported to provide them as a matter of course.”

Overall, across England, including schools inspected in previous years, Ofsted said 68pc of schools were now rated either good or outstanding.

A thriving centre for more than 250 children that would close if the government opted to axe RAF Marham has been named by Ofsted as one of the best in England.

The Rainbow Centre caters for children aged three months to 12 years, but relies on its custom from families at the West Norfolk Tornado base.

Yesterday, it was one of a clutch of East Anglian schools, nurseries and children’s centres singled out by Ofsted in its annual report for getting an “outstanding” grade in 2009/10.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the centre could close if the government opted to relocate its Tornadoes to RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.

Debbie Rose, nursery assistant, said: “I rely on a full time job to pay my mortgage but I might not have a job here if RAF Marham is closed. There are also lots of villages around Marham which rely on this centre.”

Centre manager Dee Gent said: “It will be devastating for everyone here if it is closed.”

To view the full report, and the complete list of outstanding providers, visit www.ofsted.gov.uk.

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