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Lowestoft primary school is a good place to be, says Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 13:34 01 April 2014 | UPDATED: 22:37 01 April 2014

ON THE UP: Elm Tree Primary School headteacher Hilary Day is joined by pupils as they celebrate an improved Ofsted grading. The school was rated good in its latest report.  picture: NICK BUTCHER

ON THE UP: Elm Tree Primary School headteacher Hilary Day is joined by pupils as they celebrate an improved Ofsted grading. The school was rated good in its latest report. picture: NICK BUTCHER

A good place for children to learn.

That is the assessment of a Lowestoft school which is on the up after receiving the seal of approval from Ofsted.

Elm Tree Primary has been rated as a ‘good’ school in four key areas after a two-day inspection in January.

It means the school in Ranworth Avenue has stepped up a level after being classed as ‘satisfactory’ following its previous Ofsted inspection in June 2012.

The latest inspection looked at the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils, and the school’s leadership management – classing all of them as ‘good’.

The Ofsted report praises headteacher Hilary Day and her staff stating: “Actions taken by the headteacher and deputy headteacher since the previous inspection to improve teaching and pupils’ achievement have been very effective.

“During the inspection, no inadequate teaching was seen, most was good and a small amount was outstanding.”

Ofsted also praised the school’s 319 pupils for behaving well, being proud of their school, being keen to learn and making good progress in the classroom. Its report adds: “There is a highly developed sense of community, demonstrating the school’s strong promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.”

Mrs Day, who became headteacher in 2006, said: “I’m very pleased the inspection team recognised the effective actions taken to improve teaching and achievement.

“It saw good and outstanding teaching, noted that behaviour is good and that the school is a calm and harmonious place.

“Ofsted commented that the pattern of rapidly rising standards and improving progress at Elm Tree is set to continue.

“Staff and governors have all worked incredibly hard, with support from our parents, to ensure that all groups of pupils make good progress and achieve well. Our children are very proud of their school.”

Ofsted said that if Elm Tree wanted to become an ‘outstanding’ school, it had to address the fact that work in some lessons is too easy; teachers’ written comments do not always make clear how pupils can improve their work; and information about pupils’ progress is not fully understood by all teachers.

Mrs Day said these points had already been identified for improvement and the school was “working hard” to secure ‘outstanding’ status.

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