Norfolk village school maintains ‘good’ Ofsted rating

PUBLISHED: 09:30 13 November 2012

A primary school has maintained its “good” rating by inspectors despite a tough new framework thanks to its consistent teaching, interesting lessons and well-behaved youngsters.

Saxlingham Nethergate Primary, to the south of Norwich, was visited by Ofsted last month and was graded good in all four key areas of the inspection.

A report into the visit highlighted a wide range of positive characteristics in terms of the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

It said: “Standards in English and mathematics are above average and have been consistently so since the last inspection.

“Teaching is good and teachers plan interesting lessons that pupils enjoy and which make them think.

“Pupils are proud of their achievements and contribute positively to many school and local community events.”

Inspectors said the school was not yet outstanding because teaching did not yet meet that grade, work was occasionally too difficult for pupils, the school’s website did not provide enough information and the school did not communicate with parents well enough.

A new inspection framework was introduced by Ofsted this September. It got rid of the old “satisfactory” rating, replacing it with “requires improvement”.

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